Tesco Californian Reserve Viognier

By | August 10, 2007

Discovery Channel have given up on sponsoring their cycling team, and as no other sponsors are bidding at a time when the focus is on cheating rather than cycling, the team is going to fold. Discovery won this year’s team race in the Tour de France, along with the yellow jersey, the white jersey and third place in the GC. That’s a lot to give up on.
So I’ll say goodbye with an American wine which promised a lot, but didn’t live up to my expectations. Tesco Californian Reserve Viognier 2003. It had a little bit of peachiness on the nose, it was dry with a slightly flabby character and all that was left of the peaches was a slightly bitter kernel taste, it lacked body and flavour and zip. The residual alcohol was too high for the fruit to cope.
It was a shame really, I like a drop of Viognier now and then, and had hoped for something fuller and more concentrated from California. This one was certainly past it’s best.

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