Their viogniers are the only one in our basement. This one is listed at 14.1% alcohol and cost somewhere around $20-$25.
Clear lemon-yellow color. There's a heavy nose with notes of melon (or at least, that's the best I can come up with) underneath some higher-toned floral smells and some oak, but there's also a sharpness, probably from the alcohol. In the mouth, there's an initial creamy smoothness to it. A thick sensation, with more of the ripe melon flavor. This gives way a bit in the mid-palate to some tartness and minerality. That said, it's a very full-bodied wine. The tart aspect contributes to a nice, clean finish and good length.
It's an interesting wine. There's a big hefty chardonnay-ness to it that might turn some people off. I find the acid and mineral character balance that nicely. It's something of a Dolly Parton wine, but Dolly wearing something that tones her down a bit.
This was my last bottle of the '02 (or at least I think it was). Very nice stuff and it went extremely well with a "Colonial Chicken Pudding" that was a something like Yorkshire pudding with chicken in it.
Letterman asked Zevon if his condition had taught him anything about life and death. ''How much you're supposed to enjoy every sandwich,'' Zevon answered. (From a 2003 NYTimes article on Zevon by Jon Pareles.)