March 25, 2009

Tortoise Creek 2007 Vin de Pays d'Oc Viognier, $11

Spring is here, so bring on the floral whites, bright with acidity and sunny fruit flavors. Winemaker Mel Master, a Denver restaurant legend, is a connoisseur of viognier, the grape that perfumes the peach-scented, satin-textured whites of Condrieu in France's Rhône Valley. But those wines are pricey, and Master understands value, so he looks to the vineyards of southern France for a more affordable version. His Tortoise Creek viognier is just the right weight for a glass before dinner, with a whiff of spring flowers and delicate stone-fruit flavors.

Imported by Winesellers, Skokie, IL

This first appeared in the Denver Post.

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