87pointsAbacela 2004 Viognier (Oregon)

This new vintage brings down the alcohol (from 15% to just under 14%) and the price of this pleasant, well-made Viognier. Citrus and apricot fill out the fruity midpalate, and it's a round, peachy wine without any of the bitterness or heat that can plague overripe Viognier. The aromatics are clean and simple; though it does not have the extra dimensions that the best Washington Viogniers can sometimes express, it does not suffer from the flaws the Washington Viogniers can sometimes express. Paul Gregutt

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