The best white Rhone Ranger made north of San Francisco is Kongsgaard’s blend of Roussanne and Viognier, a blend that he plays with and changes every year depending on what the vintage gives. The 2004 was a letdown after several thrilling vintages, but I have to say that the 2005 is possibly the best he has yet made. A 120-case blend of 63% Roussanne, and 37% Viognier, it is right up there with the great Sine Qua Non blended white from the Santa Barbara region. An unbelievably exotic nose of litchi, high class perfume, sweet apricots, and tropical fruits with hints of lilac is followed by a wine of great intensity, tremendous acidity, and a flamboyant personality. This is a Marilyn Monroe in her prime dressed in a chic Chanel suit. (RP)
Pale yellow. Knockout nose offers peach, complex soil tones and a saline sea shell note, with the more pungent floral/fruity side of the Viognier currently in the deep background. Thick, dense and impressively broad, with captivating marmaladey high tones to the lemon drop, peach and earth flavors. This has a pH of at least 4.0 in bottle, but the tannins give the wine shape and nerve. Kongsgaard told me he actually 'blends down the tannins of Roussanne with the Viognier, which also has tannins.' Kongsgaard pairs this with pasta with scallops or raw mushrooms.
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