Wines

2013 Estate Viognier

  • Varieties:
    100% Viognier
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    23.1
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.5%
  • Acidity:
    0.65 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.39
  • Residual sugar:
    0.04 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    March 08, 2014
  • Cases produced:
    553
  • Retail Price:
    $ 20.00

Growing conditions:
Perfect! 2013 had great growing conditions, with minimal April frost, warm days/cool nights in July and August then a full Indian summer in mid-September. Vineyard yields were normal despite low winter rainfall while quality appears excellent due to small berry size.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then whole cluster pressed while still cool. Barrel fermented in 40% new and 60% seasoned Hungarian oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees passively for 5 months. This process produced a richer mouthfeel and allowed the wine to be bottled with minimal filtration.

Tasting notes:
Aromas of ripe apricot and honeysuckle are intertwined with elusive hints of almond blossom in the background. Rich, silky mouth feel from fermentation plus 5 months of passive lees contact in Hungarian oak barrels culminates with a long, rich finish.

Cellaring:
Drink now!! This Viognier will continue to improve with proper cellaring for another 12-24 months, but why wait??

Food selection:
This Viognier will enhance soft ripe cheeses, spicy Asian cuisine as well as richer ocean selections such as scallops, oysters, and lobster.