Wines

2014 Estate Viognier

  • Varieties:
    100% Viognier
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles
  • Average brix at harvest:
    23.3
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.6%
  • Acidity:
    0.68 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.34
  • Residual sugar:
    0.01 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    February 24, 2015
  • Cases produced:
    428
  • Retail Price:
    $ 22.00

Growing conditions:
EARLY! BUDBREAK IN 2014 WAS NEARLY 3 WEEKS EARLY WITH GREAT GROWING CONDITIONS: NO FROST, WARM DAYS/COOL NIGHTS DURING THE GROWING SEASON WITH HARVEST FINISHING 10 DAYS EARLY. WHILE QUALITY IS EXCELLENT DUE TO TINY BERRY SIZE, YIELDS WERE SMALL DUE TO OUR 3 YEAR DROUGHT.

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 4 1/2 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 4 1/2 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.