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California Roussanne (mislabelled!)
Region:California - South Coast
Producer:Bonny Doon Vineyard (click on the name for more details)
Recommended by:... One of the best Viogniers I've ever tasted outside France.
Tim Aitkin, The Observer - 25 Feb 2001 (1998 vintage)
Price (per bottle incl VAT):
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Year Retailer Size Price Minimum Order  
1998 Corks of Cotham 75cl £15.49 Bottle  
Tasting Notes / Comments:A delicate nose with subtle apricot fruit and floral notes. Dry with well balanced acidity, quite full with grapefruit and citrus flavours adding to the usual apricot fruits. Good complexity and depth with certain mineral notes on the long finish.
Corks of Cotham (1998 vintage)

A bright yellow wine with a full, spicy smell a little rubber and honey giving the sense of a strong wine. This is not realised to the same intensity in the mouth where our taster ranged in their descriptions from thin and straight forward to smooth with marzipan flavours. The wine had less length, lightly lingering and as someone put it not a wine for the insensitive.
'Enjoying Viognier' (1998 vintage)

What's in a name? The dominant grape component of this wine has been the subject of a fair bit of controversy in the last year of so. The (ahem) viognier was harvested from two quite disparate vineyards. The (cough, sputter) old-reliable, checkered Chequera Vineyard in Paso Robles gave the wine a wonderfully powerful structure reminiscent perhaps of other unnamed varieties of the northern Rhône, upon which we overlaid a lush and lovely pineapple tropical component from extremely ripe grapes grown in the Suisun Valley. The wine is rich and unctuous as proper viognier should be whilst still maintaining a liveliness and exuberant freshness. A rouss … by any other name would not smell as sweet.
Bonny Doon Vineyard