Sorry to hear the Calera didn't live up to the expectation, but after all, isn't that what wine purchases are about - managing ones' expectations?
Getting back to the earlier posts, the '97 we drank exhibited a faint petrol aroma which as I understand is typical for viognier. The flavor profile included lychee, fig, and spice, with a oily, oaky finish. The oily taste was/is a compliment to the wine, IMHO, provided it doesn't resemble a freshly blacktopped road! I don't think Italian Wino had ever tried viognier to that point and needless to say it was a (good) eye-opener for him.
[ 06-28-2002, 10:04 AM: Message edited by: kybo ]