Zolo Viognier 2011, Mendoza, Argentina


The 2011 Zolo Viognier is content to keep it classic and classy.  I tasted a good number of wines from Zolo and their sister line Tapiz.  The style was to press heavy on the gusto pedal, but they took the Viognier in a very different direction.  This wine is more clean than muscular, which makes sense for Viognier.

 

The nose offered elegant peach and the powdery floral notes of jasmine tea. In the mouth, that peach rolled in round and friendly, but necessarily large.  The finish was elegantly tapered – which is how I would describe a finish that is almost crisp.

 

This is a great example of something unexpected coming from Mendoza, the land of big Malbecs.  I quite like it.

 

Musical Match: In the last five years pop music has changed so much.  In a response to folks who easily change from one radio station to another, songs need to hit the chorus right away and keep the tempo up.  Even back in the 1960′s a song could be developed over a few bars. Composers didn’t have to compete against the same level of noise as modern song crafters.  Take a listen to this classic and see how pop music has changed in two or three generations! Peggy Lee sing Lieber and Stoller’s “Is That All There Is?”

 

Special thanks to the Wines of Argentina for providing me transportation, great lodging, amazing food and access to the wonderful wine and winemakers of Mendoza and Cafayate during a promotional tour of Argentina for 10 days in July 2011. This wine was sampled during that promotional tour.

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