Thursday, May 20, 2010

**** $ Coeur d'Alene Cellars Viognier, 2005, Columbia Valley, WA - Wine Tasting & Review

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Original Review, June, 2008:
 The Coeur d'Alene Cellars (CdA) Viognier, 2005, Columbia Valley, WA, starts with an intriguing label. It is not visually surprising. Instead, when you grab the bottle, you notice a substantial, smooth but waxy feel to the label. It creates an interesting tactile sensation that blends with the muted, patchwork look of the label. I hope the wine is equally interesting.

In the glass, the Coeur d'Alene Viognier is medium yellow with a golden tint. Interestingly, it is not completely transparent in the glass, nor in the bottle. A slight haze. A bit of swirling in the glass clears that up. Now completely transparent.

On the nose, it comes across as a slightly bright, funky chardonnay. A touch of grass and lemon. On the palate, it is a full, gobby, mid-palate special, bringing sweet fruit thud into the center of your mouth. The fruit is rimmed by nice acids, though, poking and sparking up into your gums. Nice, long finish, touched with creamy fruit and sweet acid. Three stars out of five. More age could be fine. Excellent value at the price.

Wine Enthusiast awarded 92 points. The winery tasting notes note "the bright, refreshing stone fruit flavors and floral bouquet with warm French oak undertones on the palate and finish."
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Updated review, almost two years later, May, 2010: Same color.  The aroma is moving towards butterscotch and away from grass and lemon.  Now the mid-palate is even richer, sleeker and more mineral, acids offering just a hint of lift. Creamy fruit, almost like a melted creamsicle.  Yummy, and bumped up to four stars.  Ready to drink now, five years from vintage date.  Awesome value.

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