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Wine Spectator Reviews 2012 Smoke and Mirrors
91 points from The Wine Spectator for our 2012 Smoke and Mirrors? Score: 91 Refreshingly quirky, this offers ripe cherry and spicy nut bread aromas, leading to zesty dried blackberry, cracked pepper and licorice flavors that linger toward ripe tannins. Zinfandel, Syrah, Grenach...

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2007 Ripken Vineyard Late Harvest Viognier

“The easterly breezes travelling towards Lodi wick up moisture from the delta, which creates perfect conditions for the grapes to develop botrytis. This mold extracts the water content from the fruit until what is left is shriveled, furry raisins. These ugly remains are transformed into arichly opulent nectar that makes you feel simply regal.”  – Jeff Cohn 

Tasting Notes

 Rich, ripe and voluptuous, with tiers of nectarine, apricot, honey and caramel flavors.   Sweet and spicy aromas with layers of flavors make this dessert wine a stunner.  A hint of orange peel lies on the long and elegant finish.

Varietals: 100% Viognier
Appellation: Lodi
Alcohol: 11.5%
Production: 343 cases

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JC CELLARS Viognier Lodi Late Harvest Alexandra Ripken Vineyard 2006 Score: 92 | $24/375ml

Like liquid honey, with apricot, fig and marmalade flavors that glide on the palate, which has a creamy, buttery quality. Impressive for its purity, concentration and persistence, with just enough acidity to keep this from being cloying. Drink now through 2014. 233 cases made. —M.W.