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

The popularity of fine red wines, made with classic Old World grape varietals, has continued to increase in the United States over the past few decades. Washington state has consistently impressed with their red wine grape varietals, and many of the most popular American red wines of the past twenty years have come from this unique and interesting state with its two distinct regions. The vast majority of Washington's wines come from the arid eastern half of the state, a semi-desert irrigated by the rivers which run through the area, with considerably fewer wineries found in the wetter western side. Washington is renowned for the production of strong, fruit-forward wines made with Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and other varietals, with many fine white wines being produced there also.

Country: United States

For three hundred years now, the United States has been leading the New World in wine production, both in regards to quantity and quality. Wine is actually produced in all fifty states across the country, with California leading the way by an enormous margin. Indeed, as much as eighty-nine percent of all wines to come out of the United States are produced in California, where the fertile soils and sloping mountain sides, coupled with the long, hot summers provide ideal conditions for producing high quality, European style red, white and rosť wines. With over a million acres of the country under vine, the United States sits comfortably as the fourth largest wine producer in the world, where imported grape varietals from all over the Old World are processed using a successful blend of traditional and contemporary techniques.

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.