1997 Sierra Vista Late Harvest Viognier (El Dorado)

Medium golden in color, the SV viognier is more like a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise than like a late-harvest Condrieu. Very floral and honeyed. It’s not super-complex, but it drinks very well, matched a pear tart perfectly, and is pretty reasonably priced. The 15.5% alcohol doesn’t seem to create much heat.

SY (5/00)