Monday, March 7, 2011

Cline Viognier 2009

Cline Viognier 2009
Origin: North Coast, California
Blend: Viognier (100%)
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Bottle Closure: Natural Cork
Purchase Date: February 2011
Purchase Price: $9.99

Our review: Aromas of tropical fruit with citrus and floral notes are exhibited by this light gold-colored wine. Flavorful and slightly creamy on the palate, the fruit flavors are nicely expressive. Some heat and smokiness builds into the moderately long finish, which itself is slightly astringent.

Our rating: This is a well-rounded, interesting wine … one that we wanted to like but ultimately felt somewhat indifferent towards, not really caring much for the finish. Allowing the wine to breathe a bit, and warm up toward room temperature, improved its overall character. We'd recommended pairing it with a poultry dish, or possibly Asian cuisines, to help balance it out. In the end, we rate it Average, but admit that we tend to downgrade wines that appear to be over-cellared to us.

Taste profile from the winemaker (from the bottle label): "Loaded with pineapple, peach and apricot flavors accented by floral and citrus notes."

Winery website: Cline Cellars.

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