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.

Appellation: Sonoma County
Vintage: 2017
Harvest: September 2017
Fermentation: 100% Neutral French Oak
Cooperage: 100% Neutral French Oak
Blend: 100% Viognier
Alcohol: 14.6%
Bottling: February 2018
Production: 1092 cases
Release Date: April 2018
Price: $45.00

Reviews

  • The Wine Advocate: Issue 240; online
    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.

  • California Grapevine: Volume 45
    Rating: 91

    Medium-light golden yellow; attractive, perfumed, nectarine, passion fruit, and ripe peach aroma with tropical notes and a hint of honeysuckle; medium to medium-full body; forward, rich, ripe, tropical fruit flavors with firm acidity and a slight creaminess in the pleasing, plush mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Very enjoyable to drink now or over the next year or two. Very highly recommended. 14.6% alcohol; 1,092 cases; 100% Viognier; 100% BF in neutral French oak; released April 2018. (Group Score: 16.5, 2/2/0; My Score: 17 [91/100], first place)