The aromas are both buttery and sharp, suggesting melon and citrus and white peach, but high above floats a faint herbal note. Texturally it’s a curiosity, simultaneously glossy and crisp, and whereas Chardonnay seems to dominate the nose, Viognier and Roussanne stand proud on the palate, offering a mouth-filling wave of unctuous stone fruit. This is a big wine, slick but with bright edges. If you like this style but are seeking Chardonnay alternatives, try this.
14.7% abv | About $22 (sample)