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.