Stag's Hollow Winery 2010 Viognier - 90pts

Stag's Hollow Winery 2010 Viognier (Okanagan Falls) Okanagan Valley - BC

Availability: Direct from winery here
Cost: $21.99
Alcohol: 13.9%
Date Tasted: October 11th, 2011
Re-tasted: December 17th, 2012

Tasting Notes: A textured, rich and creamy example of the Rhone Valley varietal resulting from French oak barrel fermentation and extensive lees contact. The nose offers subtle aromas of honeycomb, green apple, river stone and vanilla bean. Followed by a dry, medium-plus bodied palate with lush orchard and tropical fruit flavours balanced nicely by abundant acidity contributed from the cool 2010 vintage. A long, tart finish with lingering oak and brioche characters sits in your mouth comfortably, reminiscent of a barrel fermented Chardonnay. Has some development potential but the synthetic cork enclosure may limit the effect of aging. Drink 2011-2014.
 - Liam Carrier ©copyright 2011

Re-tasting Notes: In its relatively short life thus far, this rich, tasty Viognier has aged beautifully filling out its tropical fruit flavour profile to include papaya and star fruit. Development may have peaked now so don't wait too much longer to open the bottle you've been saving. Truly one of the best Viognier produced in BC.