Friday, August 31, 2007

2006 Castoro Cellars Viognier Reserve

Ah, the beginning of a welcome three-day weekend... and the end of another week. Which means, of course, another review of the one wine per week.

This time it's the 2006 Viognier Reserve from Castoro Cellars. A step up in price from my previous reviews, this one set me back $9.99 at Trader Joe's.

The winery website lists a 2006 Viognier Reserve from the Stone's Throw Estate. The label on the one I purchased from TJ's merely says Central Coast so I don't know if they are the same, but the retail price of the Stone's Throw is $19.95 so I suspect they are different.

As for the wine: It was a nice, pale clear color. On the nose were flowers and a nutty component. It also smelled slightly corked so I don't know if this was an off bottle or not.

Tastewise: initially I tried this a bit too cold so as it warmed up the flavors changed quite a bit. When cold it tasted more like a gewurtz, with flavors of flowers and lychee, along with a citrusy tang with plenty of acidity that turned sourish on the finish. As the wine warmed up more to room temperature, it smoothed out and the initial impression was of yellow peaches - sort of like the canned cling variety. In the middle it begain to slightly sour, and the aftertaste was rather short and even more sour. Not much complexity here.

This was certainly not the aromatic fruit basket I was expecting for this varietal. Aside from the peach impression when it had warmed up, the wine was on the miserly side with its flavors and aromas. I'm thinking maybe I got a bad or atypical bottle because of what seemed to me to be a slight corky quality, so I'm going to keep the thumbs sideways on this one. Or maybe curled up like the Wicked Witch of the East's feet when the Wicked Witch of the West tried to remove the ruby slippers from them.

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