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Van Westen Vineyards Viognier Naramata Bench 2006

External Review by Appellation America:

Since opening this small winery in 2005, Rob Van Westen has established a branding philosophy by coming up with a name for each of his wines that begins with a V. As in Vino Grigio (Pinot Grigio), Vivacious (Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris blend) and Voluptuous (Merlot and Cabernet Franc). Fortunately, he also grows a varietal that begins with V, Viognier. So far, however, his plantings do not include Verdello or Verdicchio, whites that might do well on his Naramata Bench location and would extend his branding.Van Westen is a member of a family with Dutch roots that has grown tree fruits near Naramata for about 50 years. He took time out to work in construction until a passion for wine led to the conversion of some of the family’s orchard to vineyards. He is esteemed by wineries that buy his grapes. The excellence of his viticulture shows in his own wines.This wine, a lovely light gold in colour, begins with alluring aromas of peaches and melons. The fruit flavours unfold in layers on the palate – citron leads to pear leads to pineapple, with a touch of honey and a good mineral backbone. The finish, fruity but ultimately dry, lingers. A delicious wine. 91 points.

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External Reviews for Van Westen Vineyards Viognier Naramata Bench

External Review
Source: Appellation America
10/16/2008

Since opening this small winery in 2005, Rob Van Westen has established a branding philosophy by coming up with a name for each of his wines that begins with a V. As in Vino Grigio (Pinot Grigio), Vivacious (Pinot Blanc and Pinot Gris blend) and Voluptuous (Merlot and Cabernet Franc). Fortunately, he also grows a varietal that begins with V, Viognier. So far, however, his plantings do not include Verdello or Verdicchio, whites that might do well on his Naramata Bench location and would extend his branding.Van Westen is a member of a family with Dutch roots that has grown tree fruits near Naramata for about 50 years. He took time out to work in construction until a passion for wine led to the conversion of some of the family’s orchard to vineyards. He is esteemed by wineries that buy his grapes. The excellence of his viticulture shows in his own wines.This wine, a lovely light gold in colour, begins with alluring aromas of peaches and melons. The fruit flavours unfold in layers on the palate – citron leads to pear leads to pineapple, with a touch of honey and a good mineral backbone. The finish, fruity but ultimately dry, lingers. A delicious wine. 91 points.


External Review
Source: Appellation America
Vintage: 2005 10/16/2008

Just opened last year, Van Westen Vineyards is a tiny wine producer on British Columbia’s Naramata Bench that is quickly winning its own cult following. The secret is good viticulture, not surprising given the experience of the Van Westen family. Jake Van Westen Sr. came to Canada in 1959 armed with an agriculture degree from a Dutch school. He and his family have grown tree fruits near Naramata since then. Seven years, they began converting some orchards to vineyards.The winery is run by Rob Van Westen, one of Jake’s sons. His dedication is near fanatical. This summer a tractor roll-over put him in hospital for more than a week of surgeries on a damaged hip. As soon as he was back home, he modified a wheel chair so that he continue looking after the winery and doing what’s important for good wines. This Viognier – there only are 52 cases – was one of the wines finished from his wheel chair.Light gold in colour, it has the fragrant aroma of orange peel, honeysuckle and apricots. The wine surprises the palate, starting with a crisp freshness but finishing with a satisfying fullness (there is over 14% alcohol). There are flavours of stone fruits and citrus, with mineral notes, finishing dry. 88 points.



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