Monday, November 17, 2008

California's Jewel Collection 2005 California Viognier

The 1988 New Frank Schoonmaker Encyclopedia of Wine says, of Viognier, "There are fewer than 100 acres of this variety". The 2009 Hugh Johnson's Pocket Wine Book instead calls the grape "ultra-fashionable". It's been an interesting 20 years, to watch a once rarely-seen grape become commonplace.

Golden straw color.

Floral / peach / citrus smells

Rich as honey in the mouth, tastes of apricot, peach, hints of grapefruit, substantial alcohol warmth in the finish.

The next day taste and smell are as they were yesterday. It occurs to me that refrigerator temperature is colder than this should be served. I do have a soft ice-bucket that may be more appropriate for this.

I'd buy this again for $14.99. As far as I can tell, though, there are no more recent California's Jewel wines after court disputes between the owners and grape growers.

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