This is sharply perfumed, with an edgy, tight consistency that seems to emphasize both the floral and the bitter rind aspects of the grape. Viognier can fall off a cliff rapidly, and this latest vintage, though complex and complicated, has a hot intensity that pulls in the bitterness and loses the citrus. If that's the style you like, this is a fine, concentrated and intense rendition.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.