Thumbprint Cellars – 2008 Viognier

August 9, 2009

The Facts:

Thumbprint Cellars is one of two labels Scott Lindstrom-Dake runs and makes wine for; Kelly Creek is the other. A mere 300 cases of the 2008 Thumbprint Cellars Viognier were produced. The suggested retail price for this wine is $29.

Gabe’s Take:

It’s fair to say that I was pretty blown away by Thumbprint’s 2007 Viognier. I was sort of expecting the 2008 to came back down to earth a bit since the last one was so astoundingly good. I’m happy to report that my assumption was way off. 

As with the 2007, Apricot is a major component of this offerings nose. Tropical fruit notes are also evident and contribute to a heady an inviting combination of aromas. The palate is lush and mouth-filling, with loads of orchard and stone fruit accompanied by spice notes in droves. The finish is long and lingering with white pepper and nutmeg resonating forcefully. This wine has terrific balance and good acidity. It will work equally well paired with light summer foods or on its own. Indian cuisine would also be an excellent choice.

What I like best about this Viognier is that it’s simultaneously layered, complex, full flavored and delicate. This is another excellent Viognier from Thumbprint Cellars. I’ve been hugely impressed with the range of offerings and consistent quality Scott is releasing. Here’s hoping he keeps them coming for many years more. There aren’t too many examples of Viognier I would personally spend $29 on. Considering how good both the 2007 & 2008 vintages from Thumbprint have been I wouldn’t hesitate a second with theirs.

Dave’s Take:

There are only a few of winemakers in Dry Creek that seem to hit it out of the ballpark every time regardless of year or varietal. One of them is Scott Lindstrom-Dake. With two labels (Thumbprint and Kelley Creek) he makes a large assortment of wines, and all are made quite well.

The unassuming color of this wine (a nice pale yellow) doesn’t provide any clues about just how rich and full this wine really is. Apricot and peach are definitely the leading aromas, but there is a nice floral component as well. This wine is a mouthful, there is a lot going on from the continued apricot and tropical fruit to notes of honey and spice and the zest of fresh citrus. I find myself daydreaming that I am on a beach sucking on a really juicy peach after downing some grapefruit. Amongst the white pepper and nutmeg that Gabe mentioned I am also picking up notes of Ginger that emerges on the generous finish. Simply delicious. I feel that this would pair quite well with a spicy Asian dish; chicken with an orange/ginger sauce would be a perfect complement.

How is the wine? Great. How is the company? I’m drinking alone (do I have a problem?) How do I feel? Peachy… I have finally proven that you are what you drink.

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