I lied. I drank something other than a Californian wine last night. Couldn't help myself. With all this talk of my Wines of the World class I just felt I had to go Français with dinner.
My Favourite winemaker, that'd be Vinomaker, is a huge Viognier fan and had recently procured a single bottle of (long story) a Mathilde et Yves Gangloff, 2010 Condrieu. Vinomaker has been dying to try this wine for a while, but our schedules have been hectic. Finally, last night the stars aligned and the time was ripe for our Condrieu event. Wow! What a great wine. Luscious, ultimately very drinkable, apricots and creamy-custard loveliness, all in all very typically Viognier.
I can't imagine any of the students in my class turning their noses up at this little fruitily-aromatic marvel, or describing it as too thin or too acidic. I would think they'd at least recognise the new and slightly excessive cooperage on the bouquet which, in my estimation, is this splendid wines only (minor) flaw.