2015 was an absolutely stunning vintage for our Viognier. Four years of drought and some inclement weather during bloom collaborated to naturally thin this variety and the quality of the resulting fruit was superb. After hand harvesting, we elected to ferment 100% of the wine in neutral French oak barrels (more than five years old and devoid of the flavor compounds that contribute to “oakiness”), while in the past we have done 40 – 60% stainless fermentation. This choice was made because for several years we’ve preferred the barrel-fermented lots and the roundness that aging on the lees contributes to the palate. The intense aromas of nectarine, jasmine, lemon curd and lavender are all classically viognier. The palate is unctuous and luscious, but retains a lightness that comes from maintaining the grape’s acidity through prevention of malolactic fermentation.
|Fermentation:||100% Neutral French Oak|
|Cooperage:||100% Neutral French Oak|
|Release Date:||April 2016|
Wine Advocate: October 2016 - Rating: 94
Pride Mountain has always done a top-notch job with their Viognier. Their 2015 Viognier has malolactic blocked and is aged six months in neutral French cooperage. It is a relatively large cuvée of 1,120 cases, and is one of California’s ﬁnest examples of Viognier. This is largely due to the fact that the fruit is beautifully pure, the wine has plenty of glycerin and textural impact (14.6% alcohol), and there’s no malolactic fermentation, which keeps the zesty acids present to give the wine an energized impact on the palate. Loads of lychee nut, orange marmalade, apricot and honeysuckle are found in this medium to full-bodied, beautifully pure, fresh wine. Drink it over the next 1-2 years.
- Robert M. Parker, Jr. (October, 2016)
California Grapevine: January 2017 - Rating: 90
Medium-light to medium golden yellow; attractive, forward, nectarine and peach cobbler aroma with hints of jasmine and lemon curd; medium to medium-full body; ripe, slightly viscous, melon and some fruit flavors with firm acidity and some plushness in the mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very highly recommended. 14.6% alcohol; 1,120 cases; 100% Viognier; released April 2016. (Group Score: 16.4, 3/3/2; My Score: 17 [90/100], third place)