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The Best of the Best 2003: Domestic White Wines – Jade Mountain 2001 Viognier Mount Veeder Paras Vineyard

Cultivated for centuries in the northern Rhône region of France, Viognier is a well-bodied and fragrant white wine that, until recently, received little attention outside of its native realm. More and more California vintners are taking a second look at this alternative to the typical Bordelaise and Burgundian varietals they have grown for decades, but few who have experimented with this varietal have realized the success of Jade Mountain and its Paras Vineyard. Undoubtedly the best Viognier California offers, the Jade Mountain 2001 Viognier Mount Veeder Paras Vineyard is an exquisite nectar that combines honeysuckle with peaches, apricots, and exotic fruit flavors in a pure and long-finishing white that should not be missed.

Jade Mountain, 707.254.4200, www.jademountainvineyard.com, $30

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