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Viognier, 2012. Domaine Le Mieux

Viognier, 2012. Domaine Le Mieux

Item #: V1219W2DC
Vintage: 2012
Varietal: Viognier
Vineyard/Appellation: Paso Robles, California
Color: Golden
Nose: Apricot, Lilac, Jasmine
Palate: Tropical, Spiced Apple
Finish: Very Rich, Extracted
Rating: 97
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Vegetarian, White Meat/13.5% Alcohol by Volume

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A small, family run winery founded in 2009 in Paso Robles, Le Mieux headed by Wayne Lemieux. The name is French for "the best." We think it rather fits, as this is one of the best Viogniers we've tasted.

Le Mieux has been fortunate enough to connect with Roberta Weidman of Bella Collina (beautiful hill) Vineyards, where the grapes for this selection were sourced. Roberta's family has been in the U.S. since before the American Revolution and has farmed in five states here.

Bella Collina was founded in 2000, so by the time Le Mieux began, Bella Collin's vineyards were just hitting their stride and ready to produce the quality of grapes they were destined to. This Viognier is a perfect example of what Bella Collina is capable of. Paso Robles is really two very different appellations, in spite of the fact that politically they are lumped together. In this case it's Westside and Eastside, referring to whether the grapes are west of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or east of it.

Though, just a four lane highway, PCH is still the line of demarcation when it comes to grape growing. The east is significantly warmer than the west, which has tremendous significance in what kind of wine is produced.

Our selection hails from the cooler Westside, which accounts for the lovely perfume and floral aromas, it's engaging flavors of peach, kiwi and honeysuckle as well as it's assertive lime-entrenched finish that leaves a lasting impression.

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