Smells Like Crayola

*Disclaimer: I received this wine as a sample from the PR folks for Wines of Chile.

I usually pretty up my tasting notes for you.  Mainly because they often contain lines such “OMG, yum.” or “The H [meaning Matt] likes.”  Today I’ve decided to leave in one such note, which is “Smells like Crayola.” I could pretty that up and tell you it had waxy notes or some such thing, but really, I truly mean it smells like when you open a box of crayons.  I chose the last of the Viogniers I have from Chile for the evening, the 2008 Cono Sur Visión Viognier.  It had a real cork closure, clocked in at 13.5% alcohol by volume, and looks to retail for around $8.  At $8, this is a fabulous buy, I’d get it in a heartbeat for that and would probably pay as much as $15 or so for a similar bottle.  Oh, and for real, my first tasting note from this bottle is “The H likes.” 😉

On the nose I found lemon, orange blossom, flowers, Crayola, stone, lime, and apricots.  It had a gorgeous sweet flowery honey characteristic that I absolutely love about Viogniers.  In the mouth I got flavors of pineapple, tropical notes, lime, mandarin oranges, lemon, minerals, wet stone, tangerines, and flowers.

All that in a bottle that can be found for as low as $7.99 on the internet.  Definitely worth your time and wine dollars given that $8 can often buy you a terrible bottle of plonk.  The gems for $8 are out there though, and I would certainly recommend this one.  It will be added to my list of “Great $10 or Under Wine Buys” for 2009.

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3 Responses

  1. To get the descriptors you list above for under $8 is a miracle, especially for Viognier fanatics like me – thanks for the tip!

  2. I was in a friend’s car the other day and noticed the same ‘Crayola’ smell. Everyone thought I was crazy but I completely know what you are describing with this one. It is always refreshing to find a great wine for under $8. Great review!

  3. No problem! Thank the Wines of Chile folks for sending it to me.

    Thanks Randy. Crayola is such a distinctive aroma!

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