After one day of respite, the heat and humidity returned, sending the temperature up to nearly 100 degrees. Even with central air, the oppressive heat somehow still reaches into your mindset and insists that you reach for a nicely chilled, refreshing glass. I obliged and gave a pour to Cline Viognier 2011. Since 2000, Cline Cellars has practiced natural and sustainable farming. They do not use chemical pesticides, fungicides or fertilizers. They believe that sustainable methods are far more efficient and result in better wines. A few of their highly effective methods are using organic cover crops, compost teas, crushed volcanic rocks and oyster shells and sheep grazing. In order to capture the highest character and flavor of the grapes, they approach each of their appellations individually and stylistically. In addition to being hand harvested, this bottling was also fermented in stainless steel in order to maintain and magnify the fresh fruit flavours.

Pale amber in colour, wonderfully assertive aromas of orange blossom, peach, and banana rose from my glass. Summery peach and apricot flavours mingled with crisp pear in lush, medium body. Thirst-quenching tart citrus and spicy notes comprised the moderate finish.  Abounding with fruit, yet refreshingly dry, this is a robust and lively glass lovely on its own or at the table, especially with spicy dishes.

100% Viognier

North Coast
Vinted and Bottled by Cline Cellars, Sonoma
14% Alcohol
Enjoy now thru 2013

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