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August 22, 2005

04 K Vintners, Columbia Valley Viognier

No one goes to a rock show just to see the opener. Honest to the varietal, Charlie's first white wine enchants with the powdery smell of oranges and lilacs. The rest of the wine--though almost too easy to drink in warm weather--is far more simple. The palate is oddly acidulated with spikey surges of bite and flavor. At its best, it shines with nutty notes of mild rice pudding and tangerines. It's very light for viognier, with a slightly oily but mostly untextured mouthfeel. As a result, there's no length and the flavors zip right by. If only I had a tastebud in my throat.


Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

Pairs well with quince-orange paste, and shows a fleshy side with cauliflower. Because it's a little short in mouthfeel, it needs something a little fatty and round. A fatty white fish like bass would probably work well. I wouldn't go for subtlety here. It seems to want something almost bigger than itself.

10:18 PM  
Blogger Nilay Gandhi said...

The glass I had a couple days ago showed a richness that never came out during the bottle on which the original review is based.

4:04 PM  

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