OK. Bottle in fridge for about 18 hours. At opening... nice viscosity, but seems lacking in acidity. Showing nectarine and apple flavors, somewhat sweet, possibly due to the ph issue. Nice and surprisingly fresh for its age. Of course, it's too cold.
After 20 minutes, it's showing a biscuity nose, more acid, more viscosity and the fruits have evolved to more apricots and less apple with that nectarine. Viognier does have a tendency to change significantly with the right temperature, as this wine displays.
In spite of my fears at first (cold) sip, the RS (which I'd really like to know what it is...) is at least balanced by the acidity. With the 13.5 ETOH that my bottle says, vs. the winery notes that indicate 12.5% (I'd like clarification on THAT point, as well), I'd say the RS is pretty low.
This is a juicy lip-smacking Viognier. I'm so glad it didn't suffer the oak barrel. I'd like to know when malo was stopped, too... I don't think it was complete.
Nose continues to evolve. Now showing more fruit, less biscuit.
Anyway, I love me some good Viognier in this fresh style. If I hadn't received a sample, I'd probably be in for 1. But now I'm in for 3. There's still a lot of summer left here in coastal TX. Dry roses and fruity, unoaked, juicy viogniers that aren't sweet... my favorites.
Thank you, PTB, for the singleton box with the plain brown liner and nothing but a bottle of wine inside that is just my style.