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Date Printed: 12/25/2014
Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2008
Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2008
(search item no. 102512)
screw cap wine
green wine

Wine Enthusiast rating: 92 points
PRICE ON 12/25/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Vinous / Antonio Galloni rating: 90 points

Winemaker's Notes:

This wine is a rare example of cool-climate viognier; it shows off the flavors of the Northern Rhone region of France more than most California-made viogniers that tend toward the more lush, tropical side. It has flavors of apricot, white peach and hints of citrus, and sports a nice, tight mineral structure with higher acid. I love it with crab cakes or stir-fried pork.
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About Tangent:

Welcome to tangent, where pure flavor and alternative varietals intersect. And that’s not just an intriguing marketing phrase. Well, it is, but we really mean it. We start with grapes of intense varietal character, grown in the cool, temperate Edna Valley. Winemaker Christian Roguenant works his magic, and we ultimately bottle fresh, crisp and vibrant white wines. No Chardonnay in sight. Not that we don’t love Chardonnay; we do. An option is always welcome however, especially when it comes to eating. Most food seems to cry out for clean, lively wines with good acid structure. So we set out to find these wines, and realized there are few here in the States. We also found that no California winery was purely focused on alternative whites. And as our family has given us the incredible opportunity to create and manage new projects, we realized we really had something here. Something we could build for now, and for generations in the future. With our access to some of the best cool-climate vineyards – which is where most of these varietals thrive – we thought we’d be nuts not to give it a shot. Whether we’re nuts or not is a matter of personal opinion. But we do believe that tangent wines exemplify true varietal character and there is place for them on any table. We hope you give them a try and let us know what you think.