Wines

2020 Estate Viognier

100% Estate Viognier

  • Varieties:
    100% Viognier
  • Appellation:
    Paso Robles - Templeton Gap District
  • Average brix at harvest:
    23.0
  • Vineyard:
    Estate
  • Alcohol:
    13.2%
  • Acidity:
    0.68 g/100ml
  • pH:
    3.41
  • Residual sugar:
    0.02 g/100ml
  • Date bottled:
    April 09, 2021
  • Cases produced:
    208
  • Retail Price:
    $ 26.00

Growing conditions:
Minimal winter rainfall until a wet March averted an extreme drought. No frost events but windy conditions during bloom led to a smaller fruit set. The lighter crop coupled with a long, warm summer led to an outstanding earlier, small harvest with excellent quality.

Winemaking:
The grapes were hand harvested, then whole cluster pressed while still cool. Barrel fermented in 25% new and 75% seasoned French oak barrels. The wine was aged on its lees passively for 6 months.
This process produced a richer mouthfeel and allowed the wine to be bottled with minimal filtration.

Tasting notes:
Aromas of honeysuckle and ripe apricots 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.