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Jorian Hill 2008 Viognier

Our Selection for Wine of the Week August 9, 2010

A bottle of Jorian Hill 2008 Viognier, our Wine of the Week review

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Jorian Hill
2008 Viognier


Jorian Hill is the culmination of the life-long dream of Los Angeles natives Gary and Jeanne Newman. The couple turned their love affair with the Santa Barbara Wine Country into the family business in 2005, when they invested in a 20-acre wine estate. In addition to keeping the previous owner's tradition of growing Syrah and Viognier, the Newmans also kept up the organic growing methods with which the farm was developed. Today, the winery produces a rosé, a Grenache/Syrah blend as well as the estate Syrah and Viognier that inspired it all. A winery still on the rise, Jorian Hill only produced 48 cases of Viognier in 2008. On the nose the wine offers classic floral notes as well as a hint of minerality. In the mouth the Viognier is rich and sweet with big, bright fruit flavors like apricot, peach and a hint of honey. That note of minerality carries through to the finish. The wine's ripeness and sweetness in combination with its acidity makes it an ideal partner for a wide range of foods. Try it with grilled tuna over an Asian slaw, ravioli in a raw tomato sauce, roast chicken, spice-rubbed pork or even shortbread or bread pudding.

Rating: 14/20

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