2004 Altas Cumbres Viognier - Printable Version

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- VouvrayHead - 03-04-2006 12:36 AM

So the vines that produce this wine were theoretically the first (and now oldest) viognier in South America.
pretty bottle and holy cow! 15% ABV.
This is bright, saturated yellow-gold color. (I've had other bottles of this, all of this wine is this color.)
might purty viognier nose.
peach, honey, flowers, pineapple (and is that a hint of creme brulee?)...
of course it's easy enough for a viognier to smell good, but what about the taste?
bright, crispy, fruity, floral and bone dry.
this stuff is a steal. This is the best viognier i've ever had that's not at least twice the price.

*(2003 is good too, but the 04 is what to look for)

- wondersofwine - 03-06-2006 12:40 PM

Thanks for the post. I hardly ever purchase South American wines (not generally carried at my usual retail shop and I am wary of getting some wine form Chile that I know nothing about and may not like). But this sounds really nice. I also have tried some Malbec from Argentina at a wine shop and liked some of those.
I forgot to ask what country in South America?

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- VouvrayHead - 03-06-2006 06:08 PM

it's from the Mendoza region of Argentina.
It's worth seeking out because of standard QPR, but this is even more unusual because good cheap viognier is even harder to find than good cheap pinot noir (at least to my tastebuds)

We had another bottle of Kaiken Ultra Malbec last night. This is excellent, also. Deep, dark and powerful, but still soft as a kitten... Around $20.

Chilean Carmenere is good, too. I really like the Casa Silva Reserve Carmenere for $9-$10.

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