An exacting member of the family, this brand new bottling from Pride is nothing if not a chip off the old block with its bold, fully expressed aromas of ripe peaches and toasted pastry dough. It is as full in body as expected and somewhat larger than life in the unrestrained crafting of its flavors, yet it is also a true success in the dramatic style of its predecessors.
I really like the way the 2011 Viognier balances varietal expressiveness, textural depth and freshness. White flowers, stone fruits and sweet spices lead to exotic tropical notes in this beautifully layered, nuanced Viognier. The 2010 was done 60% in oak and 40% in steel, an approach that works well here. (AG)
(no malolactic fermentation): Aromatic nose combines peach, licorice, lichee, fresh herbs and a hint of tropical fruits. Subtle, dry and restrained, showing notes of herbs, minerals and lichee and a complicating saline quality. Just a tad pinched on the back end but fresh and subtle, and nicely hiding its 14.2% alcohol. Steve Pride describes this wine as "our new style of viognier," as these vines are now being harvested earlier and the wine does not get any new oak. (ST)
A tangy lemony note lends an appealing juicy edge to the supple peach, apple and mango flavors. Smooth and refreshing, offering floral and spice details. (MW)
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