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92 • Three Coins 2008 Betsy's Vineyard, Viognier, Sonoma County $24.
Aromas of lemon verbena, kiwi, potpourri, and papaya have a whiff of bubblegum spice and follow through on a bright entry to a tangy medium-to-full body with good intensity and a tart, grassy and steely mineral accented finish. A very nice food wine; try with Asian seared scallops. (tasted on May-24-2010)
90 • CANA 2009 "Bailey", Viognier, Contra Costa County $24.
Golden color. Bright aromas of baked pineapple, mango and banana and coconut cream follow through on a soft, silky entry to an oily, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body with kiwi, praline, and earth notes on the long generous finish. Great varietal intensity on flavor and texture. (tasted on May-24-2010)
88 • Coyote Canyon Winery 2009 Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills $15. Best Buy.
Bright aromas of pear, melon rind and buttermilk frosting follow through on a round entry to a fruity medium body with bold watermelon and apple candy notes and a lively mineral and spice accented finish. Fun, attractive character for sipping or the table. (tasted on May-24-2010)
87 • Desert Wind 2009 Viognier, Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley $15. Best Buy.
Silvery golden color. Aromas of Asian pear, sweet banana cream and pistachio brittle follow through on a soft, silky entry to dry-yet-fruity medium body with notes of delicate anise, white strawberry, and citrus peel. Finishes with a crisp, peppery fade. (tasted on May-24-2010)
86 • Pend d'Oreille 2008 Coyote Canyon Vineyard, Viognier, Horse Heaven Hills $18.
Aromas of mango and coconut creme brulee follow through on a supple entry to a fruity-yet-dry medium body with a nicely vibrant tropical citrus note and a mineral and peppery spice kissed finish. (tasted on May-24-2010)
83 • Bonterra 2007 Viognier, California $18.99. Organically Grown Grapes-Certified Organic-Demeter Certified|Find-a-Wine|
Aromas of baked mango and coconut have a whiff of rubber band and shaving cream and follow through on a round entry to a dry-yet-fruity medium body with tangy citrus and apple skin notes. Finishes with a dusty mineral accented fade. (tasted on May-24-2010)