Maison Bleue Viognier Arthur's Vineyard Notre Vie  2011 750ml
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Maison Bleue Viognier Arthur's Vineyard Notre Vie 2011

Maison Bleue - Washington State - United States - Yakima Valley

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Rated 91 by Robert Parker
Coming from a cool terroir in the Yakima Valley and harvested on October 18, the 2011 Viognier Notre Vie Arthurís Vineyard is a 100% Viognier that was whole cluster pressed and then fermented in two- to three-year-old barrels. Seeing full malolactic fermentation and regular lees stirring, it offers up beautifully pure, clean profile of ripe peach, melon, honey blossom and flower oil-styled aromas and flavors to go with a medium-bodied, richly textured, yet very lively and fresh mouthfeel. Still quite tight and reserved, this serious white will be even better in another year. Drink 2014-2017.
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Winery: Maison Bleue

Vintage: 2011

The year 2011 was an interesting year for many northern and central European countries, as the weather was more than unpredictable in the spring and summer. However, in most countries, the climatic conditions thankfully settled down in the late summer and fall. The result of this slightly difficult year of weather in France was a set of surprisingly small yields, but overall, these yields were of a higher quality than those harvested in certain previous years. A fantastic set of wines was also made in Italy and Spain, and the Rioja wines - when released - are set to be very good indeed. Austria also had superb year in 2011, with almost fifty percent more grapes being grown and used for their distinctive Gruner Veltliner wines than in the year before. Possibly the European country which had the finest 2011, though, was Portugal, with wineries in the Douro region claiming this year to be one of the best in decades for the production of Port wine, and the bright, young Vinho Verdes wines. In the New World, the Pacific Northwest saw some of the best weather of 2011, and Washington State and Oregon reportedly had a highly successful year, especially for the cultivation of high quality red wine grapes. Chile and Argentina had a relatively cool year, which certainly helped retain the character of many of their key grape varietals, and should make for some exciting drinking. South Africa had especially good weather for their white wine grape varietals, particularly Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, and many South African wineries are reporting 2011 as one of their best years in recent memory.

Varietal: Viognier

The green-skinned Viognier grape varietal has been around for centuries in France, with many people claiming that they were brought to the Rhone region from Croatia by ancient Romans who were impressed by its flavors and aromas. Today, they are grown in several different countries, although many wineries find them a difficult varietal to work with as they are highly susceptible to disease, and struggle in fluctuating climatic conditions. However, when the grapes are harvested at the right time, the wines they produce are of an exceptional quality. Their floral aromas are their main selling point, as these give an impression of sweetness over an otherwise dry and fruit-forward wine, and their crispness and low acidity makes them an ideal match for many international cuisines.

Region: Washington State

Since it began in the 1820s, wine-production in Washington state has gone from strength to strength, with many of the finest United States wines coming out over the past twenty years hailing from this region. Today, the state is the second largest US producer of wines, behind California, with over forty thousand acres under vine. The state itself is split into two distinct wine regions, separated by the Cascade Range, which casts an important rain shadow over much of the area. As such, the vast majority of vines are grown and cultivated in the dry, arid desert-like area in the eastern half of the state, with the western half producing less than one percent of the state's wines where it is considerably wetter. Washington state is famed for producing many of the most accessible wines of the country, with Merlot and Chardonnay varietal grapes leading the way, and much experimentation with other varietals characterizing the state's produce in the twenty-first century.

Country: United States

Of all the New World wine countries, perhaps the one which has demonstrated the most flair for producing high quality wines - using a combination of traditional and forward-thinking contemporary methods - has been the United States of America. For the past couple of centuries, the United States has set about transforming much of its suitable land into vast vineyards, capable of supporting a wide variety of world-class grape varietals which thrive on both the Atlantic and the Pacific coastlines. Of course, we immediately think of sun-drenched California in regards to American wines, with its enormous vineyards responsible for the New World's finest examples of Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based wines, but many other states have taken to viticulture in a big way, with impressive results. Oregon, Washington State and New York have all developed sophisticated and technologically advanced wine cultures of their own, and the output of U.S wineries is increasing each year as more and more people are converted to their produce.

Appellation: Yakima Valley

Yakima Valley in Washington State is one of the country's most productive and important wine regions, featuring over eleven thousand acres of high quality vineyards specializing in fine imported grape varietals such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Chardonnay and many others. The region itself is a dry and warm one, ideal for the cultivation of many of the aforementioned grape varietals, and one which produces grapes of extraordinary quality and character. The quality of Yakima Valley's wines has helped it become the key player in Washington's wine industry, with as much as forty percent of the state's wines coming from this particular region. The wineries of Yakima Valley are famous for being dedicated to quality above quantity, and are keen to show the world the excellence of their state's produce.