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Saturday, June 21, 2008

2003 David Girard Viognier-Roussanne

A small 160 case production made at the David Girard El Dorado County winery, located 1300 feet in the Sierra Foothills. The winery produces mainly Rhone style wines and focuses on producing finely balanced wines reminiscent of those found in Southern France. The 2003 Viognier Roussanne is a blend of 70% Viognier and 30% Rousanne and was fermented in french oak barrels and aged sur lies for 9 months. The result is a wine with a beautiful bouquet of Crème fraîche, peaches and cream, and toasted coconut. Those of us who just adore Viognier for it's aromatic qualities will all be very pleased with this wines aromas. The texture of this wine is very round and waxy which is normal for Rhone style whites and common for wines containing Roussanne. Peaches, honey, and lemon curd unfold on the palate and create a long and pleasant finish of key lime pie and kiwi flavors. Good acidity and alcohol levels in this wine have helped this wine to remain fresh and alive and I find the 03' vintage still in tact. 89-90 points

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