2012 Domaine Faury, Condrieu, Rhone White, France.
Philippe and his son Lionel make exquisite wines, hand crafted in the Northern Rhone, they specialize in small lot Syrah from Cote-Rotie and St.-Joseph, but they really do a masterful job with their whites, especially the 100% Viognier from Condrieu. The 2012 may just be their finest wine to date, I think so anyway, and I’ve been a fan of these wines for some 4 or 5 years now, it is remarkably poised yet powerful with intense fruit, mineral and wonderful texture. The Domaine’s vines are on steep slopes, produce tiny yields and are gently fermented, using stainless and neutral wood, with only about 10% new barrels used to provide richness without losing the freshness and detail of this gorgeous wine. These vines are on granite soils and gives wonderful terroir expression and varietal purity, the juice is on it’s lees for 11 months adding complexity and lavish depth while allowing vibrancy and bright acidity to heighten the experience, this is classy and hedonistic Viognier no question. The nose is all honeysuckle, jasmine, steely minerals and crushed gravel with tree picked peaches and apricots on the full palate with hints of green apple and tangy citrus notes while touches of earth and spice add to the stylish array of flavors. Look for this wine to drink well for 3 to 5 years, I honestly enjoy Viognier more young and vivid, and this wine is a stunner! Condrieu in a vintage like this can rival any white, I highly recommend grabbing some while they are available and this Faury, imported by Kermit Lynch, would be a great way to start.
($56 Est.) 93+ Points, grapelive
avail at www.sfwtc.com ($53.95)