R.H. Phillips 2001 "EXP" Dunnigan Hills Viognier ($9.99)
This clear, pale-gold wine shows flashes of bright gold against the light. Honey and flowers and tropical aromas of banana and coconut appear in a rich, exotic scent that leads into mouth-filling and ripe tropical-fruit flavors. A high alcoholic content (14 percent) supports the wine's full body, and snappy citric acidity helps build a firm structure uncommon in such a big California white. A far cry from the French model, but an impressive New World Viognier. US Importer: (Jan 23, 2004)

FOOD MATCH: A robust wine that needs a robust food match, and found it in an experimental dish of chicken braised with green chiles and Japanese green sencha tea.

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