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Tangent Paragon Vineyard Viognier 2013

Viognier from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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13.5% ABV
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3.6 13 Ratings
13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This Viognier exhibits classic cool-climate characteristics, but is not a typical California Viognier. It begins with aromatics of apricot and peach along with bright floral notes. A very full bodied and creamy wine with nicely mild acidity, intense flavors of peach, honeydew and cantaloupe are prevalent throughout.

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Wilfred Wong of Wine.com
This wine has renewed my faith that California vintners can make a superior Viognier, the very exciting 2013 Tangent Viognier makes it way past most others as it gives the palate plenty of rewards; aromas and flavors of apple and peaches are joined with light flowers and mineral; finish with an almost pixy straw/lime citrus note. Since I am a big lover of Vietnamese cuisine, I thought of The Slanted Door Charles Phan and his Clams with Butter-Lime Sauce. Now doesn't that make your mouth water? (Tasted: April 3, 2015, San Francisco, CA)
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Tangent, Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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Tangent is the first domestic winery dedicated solely to producing alternative white wines. Every day is filled with limitless possibilities, all you have to do is reach out to grab them... vibrant is what it’s all about!

Tangent wines are made with this adventurous attitude by their dynamic winemaking team, with over 30 years combined experience crafting wines from our historic estate vineyard. Their focus on refreshing, easy-drinking white wines that go great with a vast variety of foods. They are all made with estate fruit grown on the Niven family’s legendary Paragon Vineyard in the Edna Valley, the coolest AVA in the golden state of California.

This dynamic range of crisp and bright, individual and energetic, unoaked and screw-capped whites currently includes Albariño, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Gris, Grenache Blanc, and a blend called Ecclestone. They invite you to join them as we explore and savor the many vibrant possibilities that lie ahead!

Edna Valley

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California’s coolest wine growing area, Edna Valley excels in the production of high quality Pinot noir, Chardonnay, Rhone Blends and aromatic white wines. It has a cool Mediterranean climate and an incredibly long growing season, giving late-ripening varieties plenty of opportunity to take their time to develop great phenolic complexity.

Its northwest-to-southwest orientation creates a direct path for cool Pacific air and fog to penetrate the valley from the Los Osos and Morro Bay area inwards. Low hillsides of both calcareous and volcanic soils are home to much of the vineyard acreage of the Edna Valley.

Viognier

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Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône, and the only one allowed in Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery), Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the rest of the wine world with some degree of success. Look for great New World examples from California, Chile, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.

In the Glass

This is an aromatic variety making rich, complex and full-bodied white wines redolent of a full bouquet of flowers, stone and tropical fruits and a dash of spice. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.

Perfect Pairings

Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to hearty food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, roasted chicken or chicken Kiev.

Sommelier Secret

While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

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