Explosively aromatic, this wine is alive with notes of nectarine, passion fruit, litchee, tangerine, fresh rose petal and lime zest. On the palate, the texture is opulent and refined, filled with fruit and the mouth-coating texture that typifies this grape variety. While it’s often been said that our Viognier is a wonderful summer wine (and it is), to oversimplify it in this way is to sell this serious wine short. Years of experimentation in the vineyard and trials in the cellar have resulted in just the right balance between richness and verve. Spend some time contemplating its complexity or simply enjoy it with friends. Either way, it’s a pleasure in a glass, any time of year, and with all types of food!
The 2017 growing season yielded a light crop that ripened to perfection in last season’s surprising heat. Three blocks of viognier were hand-picked at night on September 11th, 16th and 22nd (well before the October fires). The grapes were immediately pressed to stainless steel vat, where the juice was chilled and then racked to neutral French oak barrels (five to eight years in age) for fermentation. Malolactic fermentation was prevented in order to maintain a balanced natural acidity in this grape that by nature tends towards a higher pH. Sur-lies aging was done for three months before the individual wines were racked back to tank, blended and bottled.
|Fermentation:||100% Neutral French Oak|
|Cooperage:||100% Neutral French Oak|
|Release Date:||April 2018|
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: Issue 240 - Rating: 91
The 2017 Viognier leaps from the glass with gregarious scents of honey drizzled apricots, poached pears, star anise, wilted roses and preserved orange peel with a waft of jasmine. Full-bodied with a sensuously oily texture and laden with stone fruit and perfumed layers, it has a zippy line of freshness and a long aniseed laced finish. 1147 cases were made.
Jeb Dunnuck: - Rating: 91
The 2017 Viognier comes all from Sonoma and reveals a light gold color as well as a rocking perfume of ripe Meyer lemons, tangerines, flowers, and honeysuckle. It’s medium-bodied, beautifully balanced, and has real Viognier character. It’s going to shine on the dinner table and is ideal for drinking over the coming year or two.