Cristom Viognier 2013
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Wine SpectatorLively and expressive, not opulent but layered with spice cookie and pear flavors. Finishes with intensity and floral notes. Drink now through 2016. 569 cases made.
Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Viognier Estate is barrel fermented in used barrels and stainless-steel drums, using both inoculated and native yeast and this vintage went completely through malolactic. It has a delicate, wet wool and apricot blossom bouquet that is nicely understated and well defined. Conversely, the palate is terse and spicy on the entry, with racy acidity and resinous in style. It does not quite convey the exuberant and showy predilection of the grape variety, although there is a pleasant Szechuan pepper note on the aftertaste. It just leaves me wanting more.