With beguiling aromas of ripe nectarine, lychee, lemon curd and narcissus, our straw-colored 2007 Viognier is a playful and enticing beauty. Cane pruned vines line our rocky Mountain Top and Lower Mountain Top vineyard blocks, creating an environment of dappled sun exposure for their grapes as they develop their exquisite perfume. To maintain the purity of fruit, one-third of the cuvée is chilled and fermented in stainless steel, while two-thirds is fermented in neutral eight to ten year old barrels and aged sur-lies to build weight on the palate without adding any oak impact.Bright acidity unifies the components into a wine with layers of fresh fruit, a soft and generous mouth, and texture without tediousness. As its beauty lies in its exotic aromatics, this is a wine that is best drunk young, preferably on a lazy summer afternoon
|Release Date:||May 2008|
Connoisseur's Guide: March 2009 - Rating: 92
This thick and big-bodied Viognier has few rivals when it comes to out and out richness, and, while not as boldly fruity as some, it is a deep and show-stopping effort whose lavish mix of honey and sweet oak moves it to the head of the class. Its time is now, and it is not one for lengthy keeping, but it is certain to make for memorable drinking in the near term with the likes of spicy Moroccan chicken dishes.
Wine Spectator: March 31, 2009 - Rating: 88
Ripe and rich, with spicy, toasty flavors and an orangy citrus note. Tobacco and cedar nuances frame the fruit flavors, with a persistent finish and a full body. Drink now. 1,661 cases made. –MW
The Wine Advocate: December 2008, Issue 180 - Rating: 90
The outstanding 2007 Viognier is aged in neutral wood (two-thirds) and stainless steel (one-third), and is not put through malolactic, thus preserving its crisp acids. Aromas and flavors of honeysuckle, apricot liqueur, and a cocktail of assorted floral notes are found in this medium-bodied, refreshing Viognier. Enjoy it over the next 2-3 years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: May/June 2009 Issue 144 - Rating: 90
Made in two-thirds neutral oak and one-third stainless steel. Lemon, peach and apricot aromas lifted by a floral topnote. Perfumed in the mouth, with complex flavors of peach, melon, beeswax and wild herbs complicated by gardenia. A rich yet elegant viognier, finishing with good grip and sneaky length.
California Grapevine: October-November 2009 - Rating: 89
Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, floral, complex, pineapple and stone fruit aroma with a hint of honeysuckle; medium-full to full body; forward, rich, intense, peach and ripe apricot flavors; some harshness on the finish; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended.
Wine Enthusiast: July 2009 - Rating: 93
Viognier is nothing if it’s not rich, and who knows richness better than Pride Mountain Vineyards? This wine is an exotic treasure trove of pineapple tart, pear jam, apricot purée, honeysuckle, butterscotch and dusty Asian spice flavors, balanced with crisp acids and a steely, minerally finish.