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Illahe Vineyard Viognier 2012


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Illahe


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Viognier can be delicate, elusive, an amalgam of floral, mineral, white fruit, and racy acidity. That's the unique character of Viognier. OR Viognier can be big, blousy, and unremarkable. But to be both big and round and full-bodied and to show strong varietal character with a balanced acidity is usually only found in Condrieu - American Viognier rarely achieves both. When it does, it can knock your socks off.

The Illahe Viognier 2012 has the authentic varietal character of Viognier in a big, full bodied, fascinating package. Jasmine, violets, hyacinth, and gardenia scents mingle together followed by a core of pear, lychee, white peach, all accented by a mineral freshness. Add in the ever changing evolution of the wine in the glass and you have a classic example of the elusive uniqueness of this grape. We had it last night with spicy twice cooked pork belly and we fought over the bottle. - Jean

2011 Vintage

A group of friends came over on Sunday to taste a couple of Viogniers, one of my favorite white wines. Some of them were very good, some not so good ("brutal" said Gary about one overly acidic bottle.) Nice fresh pleasant white wines. But of the five wines, none tasted like Viognier. The unique Viognier "there" was just not there.

It's really hard to find an American Viognier that tastes like one. Fortunately Oregon has quite a number that are delicious. One of them is the Illahe Viognier 2010 - a wine I keep craving. It has Viognier's trademark honeysuckle and white flower scent mingled with an elusive hint of crushed rock and minerals. The flavors are rich and pure - white peach, citrus, lychee and minerals finish long and clean. While it's not as intense as the stunning Condrieus that linger in my memory of France, it's not $100 either. My suggestion to you: if you'd like to taste what an excellent Viognier is all about, try the Illahe. And pair it with spicy Asian food - there's nothing like it.

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The Illahe Viognier 2012 has the authentic varietal character of Viognier in a big, full bodied, fascinating package. Jasmine, violets, hyacinth, and gardenia scents mingle together followed by a core of pear, lychee, white peach, all accented by a mineral freshness. Add in the ever changing evolution of the wine in the glass and you have a classic example of the elusive uniqueness of this grape. We had it last night with spicy twice cooked pork belly and we fought over the bottle. - Jean

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