2016 Viognier Estate

$32.00

Overview

91 points, Wine Enthusiast

Viognier is the noble white variety of France’s Northern Rhône, responsible for the rare and pricey Condrieu from the region. Despite a surge in its popularity in California in the 1990s, there is still relatively little Viognier planted here. Estate grown since 2004. The nose shows bold white peach and pear fragrances with lovely tropical fruit nuances.


Tasting Notes

The ’16 Sarah’s Vineyard Viognier demonstrates the grape’s uniqueness and appeal: bold, perfumed white peach and pear fragrances with lovely tropical fruit nuances. On the palate, you’ll find citrus blossoms and lemongrass, with a touch of minerality on the finish. Pair with swordfish with a beurre blanc sauce or a cauliflower / goat cheese soufflé.

Vinification

We hand-harvested and whole cluster pressed the Viognier fruit on the home ranch in mid-Sepetember of 2016. Fermentation began using yeast “Rhone 4600” in neutral French oak barrels. After the barrel fermentation, the wine was matured sur lie in the same neutral oak cooperage for ten months, with bâtonage stirrings every two weeks.

Vineyard Sources

Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater

Technical Data

Harvest Date: Mid September 2016

Alcohol: 14.1

Cooperage: Neutral French oak, 10 months

Production: 300

2016 Viognier Estate