Name: Charles Smith Badge Viognier
Country: United States
Sub-Region: Columbia Valley
Producer: Wines of Substance
The Wine Advocate Review: 94 points
Also brilliant and one of the top Viogniers made in Washington State, the 2011 Viognier Charles Smith comes from the Lawrence Vineyard, which is located just north of the Royal Slope, at an elevation of 1,450 feet. Barrel-fermented in 10% new French oak and going through full malolactic, it’s a knockout effort that will give a top flight Condrieu a run for its money (actually, if price is factored in, this most likely wins hands down). Beautifully aromatic with brioche, apricot, toast and white peach all emerging from the glass, it hits the palate with a medium to full-bodied, decadently textured mouthfeel that never seems heavy or cumbersome, yet delivers awesome richness and depth. Enjoy this knockout white over the coming handful of years. Drink now-2016.
Wine Enthusiast Review by Paul Gregutt
The most floral and lemony of Charles Smith’s trio of Viogniers, this received extra time in barrel, yielding a more Burgundian mouthfeel—rich and creamy. Just 10% saw new oak, which seems to be exactly right, adding a hint of toast without clobbering the floral subtleties.
— (3/1/2014) — 94 points