Asif Viognier 2009 - Apricots and orange rind dominate the nose and the palate, granting this wine its fruity core. The finish is punctuated by spicy ginger, that somehow tricks me into believing that the wine possesses more acidity than it has in actuality. The texture is oily with a very discernible beeswax feel and taste. This version of the wine has some residual sugar, that I believe stands at about 2%. I did not find the sugar to distract from the wine, nor that it makes the wine a poor match with food. I had it with fatty salmon, and it went well, but I could understand those who would prefer a drier wine with greater acidity to go with that dish. The '08 version, which I haven't tasted yet, is completely dry. And I'm looking forward to see how that one compares to this. 13% AbV. Yoel, its now your turn to comment on this wine.
After discussing the wine with Oryah, the winemaker, I would like to make a correction, and rather than modifying my original post I decided to add this clarification. The '09 vintage of the Viognier is the dry version, and the sweetness I felt, is just perceived sweetness as a result of the wine's fruity character. The '08 version, is the off-dry version, with residual sugar about .8%, even though its alcohol level is even higher, standing at 14.5%. My original assessment that the wine has residual sugar as high as 2%, was not based on my perception of a sweetness of that level. It was based on the knowledge I had that of the two vintages, one was off dry and the other was dry. After looking at their respective alcohol contents, noticing that the '08 has 14.5% AbV and the '09 has 13% AbV, assuming that the brix levels at harvest were similar, I incorrectly concluded that the '08 must be the dry version, hence it higher alcohol content, and the '09, with its lower alcohol content, must be the off-dry version, the result of some of its sugar not converting to alcohol. I made a rough calculation, figuring that had the residual sugar fermented into alcohol the alcohol content of both wines should have been approximately on par, using a conversion ratio of .55, and guessed that the residual sugar should be about 2%.
Ella Valley Merlot 2005 - Its a good thing I chose to pop the cork on this one, since the wine had worked its way up almost to its tip. The wine itself was drinking well. On the nose and palate are plenty of dark fruit, mostly plum, that has an overlay of chocolate and toffee. The wine is too green for my tastes. In general, I've been turning away from Merlot of late, and this wine won't make me change my mind. The wine has a hefty 14.5% AbV, which in my opinion exacerbates the green notes.
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