Wednesday, February 07, 2007

I recently ordered several wines from you. Among them was a bottle of Domaine de Caillan Viognier 2003. When I opened this bottle, I was surprised to find it almost amber in color with a stronger, more unusual flavor than expected from a viognier. Is this common for this particular wine? I'm concerned that the bottle has started to turn, and don't really know what to do with it.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Maggie, NJ

I had the same experience with this vintage recently which means that it is starting to oxidize. It is definitely your call, was it drinkable and ok or simply past its time? These wines are meant to be drunk with a couple of years of their bottling and can last more ..or not, depending in part on the quality of their cork .
It seems that yours was gone, in which case we’ll be happy to replace it with a 2004 at the next opportunity. (We are actually drinking the last bottles of 2003 ourselves and my mother loves it, when it’s good!)

Dr Mic

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