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fujishinA symptom of the shortage of grapes in Idaho, this lovely Viognier is made from 60% Snake River Valley fruit and 40% fruit from Washington State.

A seductive perfume of citrus and peach mingle and merge with whispers of jasmine. Grapefruit pith blooms on the shapely, medium bodied palate that is lusciously viscous without being heavy. Bitter top notes enter midpalate in equipoise with an underlying, delicate sweetness giving this wine a lovely balance of contrasts. Fresh and energetic while lush and enveloping, very sexy, clean and fresh, the long mineral finish like breathing azure air, this unoaked treasure is a fantastic value, an example of the fine Viognier coming out of Idaho.

Score: 90

Alc: 13.3%

Price: $17

In Massive Attack’s Teardrop, the lengthy silences in the piano phrasing seem to give the wine persistence and length while the heady, sinuous vocal from the Cocteau Twin’s Elizabeth Fraser resonate with the seductive perfume.

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