Our goal for our viognier has been to move towards a fresh, vibrant style that displays all of the luscious fruit that makes this grape varietal so appealing and unique without the elevated alcohol which can sometimes result from extended hang-time in the vineyard. Accordingly, we made some subtle changes in our vineyard management and harvesting. With a cooler than average season leading up to a relatively early harvest on September 26th and October 1st, we were able to achieve ripe flavors at a lower brix level than in past vintages, while maintaining a lively acidity. The wine presents sultry flavors of grapefruit, guava, jasmine, white peach and litchi, with a creamy mid-palate. Tropical fruit notes linger long after the last sip has been savored. A lovely summer wine!

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2011
Harvest: October 2011
Fermentation: 50% Neutral French
Oak 50% Stainless Steel
Cooperage: 50% Neutral French
Oak 50% Stainless Steel
Blend: 100% Viognier
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: March 2012
Production: 739 cases
Release Date: November 2011
Price: $42.00
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Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: December 2012
    Rating: 90

    I really like the way the 2011 Viognier balances varietal expressiveness, textural depth and freshness. White flowers, stone fruits and sweet spices lead to exotic, tropical notes in this beautifully layered and nuanced Viognier. The 2010 was done 60% in oak and 40% in steel, an approach that works well here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2016.