Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Clay Station 2004 Viognier

Clay StationMore than a couple of the wines I’ve profiled on this blog have come from the Lodi appellation of California. In fact, I’ve made a point to look for Zinfandels from that area and other red wines. What I wasn’t necessarily looking for though or expecting were white wines from that area.

The Clay Station Viognier caught my eye for a couple of reasons. First, it was one of those wines that the store nearby had highlighted by putting one of those “shelf talkers” out for it. Once I’d noticed that, my general interest of late in the Lodi area did the rest.

Interestingly though, the shelf talker highlighted this wine’s California State Fair double gold award but upon review after the fact, it seems clear that accolade was for the 2003 vintage. This wine is the 2004 vintage. Does a store have any right in mentioning awards if the vintage for which it was given is not what is on the shelf? 

Regardless, this is a very enjoyable wine. It has an excellent floral aroma and a light crisp taste of apricots and a bit of apple. Maybe even a bit of honeydew melon in there. Nice long finish. If you’re looking for a white that’s a bit different, give this a try. For the price, it’s hard to go wrong.

Clay Station is one of five ranges of wines that come from the Delicato Vineyards. The Clay Station range is marketed as “for those interested in more than the traditional varietals…”. Perhaps, but I think most folks would like this wine.

About $9 to $10.
 Very pleasant wine by itself or paired up with food.

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