Gregory Dal Piaz

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1 Yalumba Viognier Eden Valley (2010)
Comments: A little vanilla biscuit greets the nose along with subtle notes of ginger, jasmine, dried orange peel and curry leaf. Bright and round on entry, this quickly gains some impressive snap on the palate. There’s plenty of richness but the acid keeps this quite focused. The fruit is gentle if distinct with a creamy edge to the toasted almond, lime and pineapple-tinged core of white peach fruit. The finish shows more mineral notes and an almost stern quality. Through its rather long duration, this shows a bed of dried lime peel and apricot-toned fruit. A rather serious and powerful example of Viognier and quite fine at that. 92pts
Average price: $14.92 from 3 stores
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2 Antolin Cellars Viognier Yakima Valley (2010)
Comments: Very tight on the nose and quite well defined with notes of lime leaf, a hint of cream, and toasted almond all over a bed of slightly stewy apricot fruit. This is lovely in the mouth: round and seamless with a creamy outer shell that seems to be covering a nice, tight core of snappy fruit. Very lively and bright on the palate, with the weight of a touch of RS but so much juicy acid to balance it out. White peach fruit is gently accented with hints of tangerine, jasmine, a touch of walnut and lychee. The finish is really lovely with bigger inner mouth perfumes and fine length. This does not hit you over the head but is totally delicious. 91pts
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3 Field Stone Viognier Alexander Valley Staten Family Reserve (2010)
Comments: This is heavy and spicy on the nose with powerful honeysuckle, lychee, peach and mineral aromas as well as some Fruit Stripes gum. Big yet almost lean on the palate, this cuts quite a dashing figure. The flavors are true to type, slightly honeyed perhaps with a bit of spun sugar on the palate. There’s a ton of acid making this refreshing and mineral-driven on the back end. Man, this is floral and spicy. A good example of its type. 91pts
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4 Shannon Ridge Viognier Morine Ranch (2009)
Comments: Quite fruity with peach, orange and lime aromas greeting the nose, joined by floral and green anise seed top notes. This is pretty rich and fairly large scaled in the mouth though it does maintain good focus and drive. The acid is fairly bright and helps perk up the flavors that turn a bit dull, reminding me of plantains with their heavy near fruitiness. The fruit, nectarine and lime, is still quite pronounced on the back end, though the alcohol begins to intrude and pops out on the moderately long finish. With air this takes on a mintyness on the finish along with the heat, though it does tighten up a bit on the palate. 87pts
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5 Château Morrisette Viognier Blue Ridge Foothills (2010)
Comments: Lovely if very fruity on the nose with good intensity to the classic honeysuckle, peach and honeydew aromas that show a bit of an Orangesicle sweetness to them. In the mouth, this is somewhat small-scaled, bright, juicy and livel, with clear, classic if slightly simple Viognier flavors of orange cream, honeysuckle and candied peach. Not complex or fancy and a touch short, but still quite attractive. 87pts
Average price: $6.97 from 47 stores
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6 Adirondack Winery Vibrant Viognier (NV)
Comments: Smells a bit honeyed and nutty with notes of honeydew and pina colada. Bright and zesty on entry, this does not lack acid but at the same time is pretty well balanced. The fruit is light and fresh. A bit of pumpkin-like earthiness lies under light, herbal-scented orange cream. The finish is mouthwateringly fresh and fairly long if simple with succulent tangerine and lemon notes. Fun and eminently drinkable. 86pts
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7 Philo Ridge Vineyards Nelson Ranch Mendocino Viognier (2009)
Comments: A little subdued on the nose with a minty floral edge to the mangosteen, rose hip and violet dominated nose. Round and soft on entry, this shows off nice peachy fruit but seems just a bit lazy on the tongue. It’s smooth and opulent but also fat and a touch bitter, though that bitterness adds to the impression of minerality on the long finish. 86pts
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8 Yalumba Viognier Organic South Australia (2011)
Comments: Earthy and funky on the nose with a grassy top note and hints of quince over camphor and mint laced orchard fruits. A touch soft on entry, this shows off nice balance in the mouth with acid that’s a bit brassy and nicely cut peach and dried citrus flavors. There’s a pineapple and cream quality on the back end that adds some complexity along with a touch of woodsy spice. A touch of RS adds some softness here. Nice with a hint of savoriness. 86pts
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9 The Crusher Wilson Vineyard Clarksburg Viognier (2010)
Comments: Smells fairly gingery with notes of sandalwood, bitter orange peel and coconut cream under a candied, spun sugar peachiness. Rich in the mouth with a touch of alcohol showing and some weighty orchard fruit framed with citrussy acids. This is large scaled if pretty smooth with a creamy mid-palate and some assertive, green citrus pith notes on the back end, though the finish is rather light and short. 84pts
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10 Langetwins Viognier Clarksburg (2009)
Comments: Rather heavy and sweet on the nose, like aging honeysuckles with their blend of pollen and over-ripeness. There’s some vanilla here as well and a nice apricot tone. Fairly taut in the mouth and medium scaled. The balance is attractive as this skates a fine line between richness and freshness. The acid is well integrated and lends support to orange-toned peach fruit. A bit simple but pleasant and then very short on the finish. Very drinkable. 83pts
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11 Wilson Creek Viognier Chloe Vineyard (2011)
Comments: Really grapefruity and fairly cat pee like on the nose with a dried apricot underlay. This reminds me very much of Sauvignon Blanc. Light and rather fresh on entry, this is lightly flavored with less overt Sauvignon character in the mouth, but it’s not particularly Viognier like either. A bit neutral, fresh and easy to drink. Apricot and floral notes emerge on the back end before reverting to grapefruit pith and gooseberry on the finish. 83pts
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12 Cooper Garrod Viognier Randall Graham Clone (2010)
Comments: This smells a bit dirty on the nose, redolent of old barrels, camphor and minerally soil. With time this does gain some fruitiness and fine white floral notes, but it’s really about the old wood today. On the palate, it’s got plenty of acid and surprisingly, not quite enough richness to parry that acid. The flavors are decidedly tan in nature though not oxidized, with some attractive inner mouth perfumes of flowers and peaches, but they can’t seem to rise above the earthiness. The finish is short and shows heat. 82pts
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13 Oxford Landing Estates Viognier (2011)
Comments: Rather intense on the nose with a bit of a chemical/floral thing going on and some notes of baked sweet potato and cardoon lurking under the citrussy peach fruit. In the mouth, there’s attractive citrus flavors with a faint backing note of the vegetal cardoon character. This is a touch sweet but the acids lend it fine balance. Not much of a finish though, in fact it’s very dry and rough on the finish. 80pts
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