Wine Spectator 90 points - Bold, showing apricot and tangerine fruit lined with heather, ginger and fennel bulb, with a broad, juicy finish. Very enticing. Drink now. 150 cases imported.-JM
(Nov 30 2013)
Vinous 90 points - Bright yellow. Sexy aromas of nectarine, orange, violet and dusty minerals. Lush and creamy in the mouth, offering sweet pit and orchard fruit flavors and a refreshingly bitter note of citrus marmalade. This classic viognier delivers a suave blend of richness and vivacity. Picks up spiciness with air and finishes with impressive focus, energy and length.
Wine Advocate 91 points - The 2011 Viognier de Rosine was aged in a combination of barrel and foudre and went through partial malolactic fermentation. Elegant white peach and apricot notes intermixed with honeysuckle jump from the glass of this medium-bodied, crisp, fresh, lively white. It is a dead-ringer for a fine Condrieu. (Dec 2012)
Stephane has been purchasing vineyards on the other side of the Rhone River in Seyssuel, near Vienne. The Viognier de Rosine is produced from these west-facing vines, which average 20 years. As in Cote Rotie, all of the fruit is hand-harvested then 80% of the wine is fermented and aged in barrel (20% new). The remaining 20% of the fruit is fermented is tank. After seven months the barreled wine is decanted into tank and the 20% tank wine is placed in barrels for one month. The Viognier de Rosine is a high-toned, delicate, floral wine with wonderful drive, length and complexity. Baby Condrieu!