Smoking Loon Viognier 2009 Front Label
Smoking Loon Viognier 2009 Front Label

Smoking Loon Viognier 2009

    750ML / 13.7% ABV
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    750ML / 13.7% ABV

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    The 2009 Smoking Loon Viognier opens up with a silky, creamy nose and notes of peach cobbler, apricot, and fresh vanilla. Sweet baking spice with hints of toast and cinnamon come from a small amount of high quality French oak that integrates well with Viognier. The resulting flavors have a nectar-like quality, evoking extra ripe white peaches, fresh popped corn, and a wisp of vanilla. The mid-palate is very lush and full-bodied, but the finish takes a food-friendly twist with a burst of crisp acidity. A touch of peach skin and lemon zest linger on the finish, bringing summer baked goods to mind.

    Blend: 95% Viognier and 5% Chardonnay

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    When it comes to wine, we believe in spreading your wings and experiencing the best the world has to offer—sip by sip. Smoking Loon wines display bold, exciting flavors that complement everyday adventures. Each wine is crafted to capture true varietal character, rewarding those willing to migrate beyond the ordinary. Smoking Loon wines have been widely recognized for their outstanding quality since 2001.

    Don Sebastiani & Sons is a family-owned wine negociant firm specializing in the marketing of upscale, but moderately priced varietal wines. Principals Don Sebastiani and sons, Donny and August are third and fourth generation California vintners and wine merchants. The company is headquartered in Sonoma Valley and has a winery in the Napa Valley.

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

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    Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.

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