Delicacy is the milestone for many high quality white wines around the globe.
One of the driven reasons why I point out certain grapes like “dream makers” are the gracefulness when it collates difficult and scarce conditions to create great wines from uneasy varieties.
If I have to name just one, I would say: Viognier
Viognier is the hallmark for fragrant, elegant, complex and persistent wines, nevertheless the risk for early harvesting would leave you under some harshness and unripen flavors albeit missing few days would kill the florally character ending into a high alcoholic burning wine.
Then, the key is the careful selection of the climate and the geological conditions grasping the right momentum.
Many of the Viognier you will find in new areas shall deem like hard, bitter and flavorless breaking up the subtle conditions of this French Rhône like grape.
This brittle essence force you to focus on certain particular areas where the AOC Condrieu, in Northern Rhône, is the fireplace of this particular grape able to warm up dreams about what the viticulture good practices means and how grace and really difficult balance can be achieved.
I remember many times the lovely and unforgettable sensations of tasting the Viognier from AOC Condrieu made by E.Guigal.
Just a legend from my humble point of view.
But searching, you could find great qualities Viognier from other winemarkers, vintners and producers giving you pleasure at an affordable price.
That particular one is AOC Condrieu, Vidal-Fleury 2009, 100% Viognier.
The golden like color, turning to amber in the hue is a clear signal of the grape and its typicity, the remarkable aromas while pouring is another key and the way the sticky legs are surviving while swirling the definitive clue.
It is difficult not becoming emotional with the complex aromas shown, orange flower, ripen stone fruit, quince, milky toffee candy, dried peaches, pastry, bready, honeyed notes and a plethora of species like, clove, cinnamon, vanilla and nutmeg with insinuations of white pepper and herbal minty overall sensation with thyme and dried white flowers like fair descriptors for this wine paying you back deeper aromas at any sniff.
The difficult part of the Viognier is the following and the success is clear. In the palate, the spiciness is noteworthy, the alcohol, despite of warming is manageable and balanced, not really fresh, but walking in the edge with some light grippy tannins once the wine has been partially aged and fermented in oak.
Any single compound well integrated and enlarged the minor bitter finish thanks to a persistency that bring you to a little island of thoughts and dreams.
A humble owl hooting rare or special wines. And yes I am Diploma WSET student and I am training myself reason why I use the Systematic Approach of Tasting