Saturday, May 9, 2009

Fess Parker Viognier 2005

Fess Parker Viognier 2005
Origin: Santa Barbara, California
Blend: Viognier (100%)
Alcohol Content: 15.2%
Bottle Closure: Synthetic Cork
Purchase Date: June 2006
Suggested retail price: $24.00

Our review: A bright gold in color, this wine has heavy aromas of honey, vanilla, and caramel with significant floral notes. Full-bodied on the palate, the flavors are rich, smooth and complex with a nicely balanced acidity. The oak cellaring adds a distinctive touch of spice to the lengthy finish.

Our rating: This wine was a gift from a friend years back that, quite frankly, we had stored and forgotten about. It may have been better a year or two ago but even now, it seems to have held up quite nicely. It has, dare we say it, a Chardonnay character to it that some may enjoy (or not). As a viognier, we rate it Above Average, nearly Excellent.

Taste profile from the winemaker: "This fragrant wine offers up aromas of peach, honeysuckle, apricot blossom, vanilla, and nutmeg with a touch of pineapple, ripe peach, lychee and citrus flavors. The subtle oak and spice combined with its refreshing acidity puts forward a balanced wine that is simply perfect with the floral aromatics of Asian cuisine and lighter fare."

Winery website: Fess Parker Winery.

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