South Coast Winery 2002 Temecula Valley Viognier ($14.00)
Transparent, pale-gold in color, this luscious white wine breathes overtly peachy aromas, almost a peach-nectar scent, with back notes of musky melon and spice. Full, ripe and fresh, it offers an impression of sweetness at first, but snappy acidity brings it into balance, and it finishes dry, carrying its rather hefty 14.1 percent of alcohol well. Light oak treatment (five months in French oak barrels) adds creaminess without overwhelming wood. A good, rich presentation of Viognier, it's an intriguing alternative to New World Chardonnay. From fruit grown in the Langoria Family Vineyards, the label says.
US Importer: (Jan 12, 2005)
FOOD MATCH: Its luscious, forward fruit and impression of sweetness should make it a winner with richer seafood, lobster or crab. It went very well with a simple omelet filled with chopped prosciutto and sharp cheese.
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