The 28th episode of our virtual wine tasting group kicked off last night with this Viognier from the Northern Rhone appellation of Condrieu. We tasted it at room temp first, followed by a chilled version. Medium straw colored this 15% ABV wine had a beautiful sheen to it in the glass. The nose was interesting- honeysuckle, pineapple, apricot, pear, nutmeg, honeycomb and a burnt smell plus the sensation it was going to be waxy. On the palate it was dry with low acidity. I noted it was very smooth, others remarked that it was waxy. Full bodied the main fruit note we got was a lingering apricot note and some buttery components. The finish was long. I gave it 18 points on our grading scale.
The chilled version had aromas of brioche, citrus, honeydew and pear. The palate was waxy and we got a bitter citrus pith note alongside apricot , pineapple, butter and brioche. The finish seemed a bit shorter in length for some reason. It thought I was going to prefer the chilled version, but alas- 15 points did not tilt me. Once again the room temperature version of a white wine was the preferred serving for the majority.
Overall I liked this wine and would give it 92 points but at $50, it’s only a 4 star wine IMO. We discussed pairings- white fish with perhaps a cream sauce would work well. Drink now. Salut….