2009 Melville - Viognier Verna's Vineyard 750ml

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2009 Melville - Viognier Verna's Vineyard Front View
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Professional Reviews For This Wine


International Wine Cellar | Rating: 90

($24) Greenish gold. Pungent aromas of lime, peach skin, mint, crushed stone and anise, plus a suggestion of spun sugar. Juicy, supple and palate-coating, with a dusty tactile quality to the lush flavors of pineapple and pit fruits. A seductive, rich but vibrant rendition of viognier that would be great with spicy Asian dishes.

Author: Josh Raynolds
Issue: Issue 153

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Collector Reviews For This Wine


Rating: 85
Author: MJM
Trust Rating: 96
Tasted On: 07/10/2011
To far out there in terms of ripeness...

Rating: 82
Author: PurpleTeeth
Trust Rating: 99
Tasted On: 01/07/2011
Drink Dates: 2010-2012
Leesy (beer-like), acidic and spritzy. A far cry from the 2007 bottling we enjoyed so much. Just a bad bottle, perhaps? Disappointing.

Average rating: 92, based on 3 reviews

Collector Data For This Wine

53 bottles owned by 25 collectors.

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About This Producer


In 1996 Melville Vineyards made the bold move from Knights Valley to the Santa Rita Hills appellation, where Ron Melville and his sons set up the estate property with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Santa Rita microclimate, with its coastal winds and fog, provided the Melvilles the perfect locale for their 139 planted acres of Pinot, Chardonnay, Syrah, and Viognier. Winemaker Greg Brewer, of Brewer-Clifton fame, oversees production at Melville.

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Wine Varietal: Viognier


Viognier possesses highly floral aromatics, a bouquet of fresh stone fruits, and low acid levels. While its golden hue and perfumed fragrance are distinctive, Viognier's creamy texture and richness are strikingly similar to Chardonnay. Finer Viogniers (such as Chateau Grillet and Condrieu in the Northern Rhone) possess the ability to age for decades. Viognier is also used for its fragrance and color when blended with Syrah. Typical descriptors for Viognier include honeysuckle, acacia, fruit blossoms, peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, guava, kiwi, tangerine, hay, anise, and mint.

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