The 2020 Sarah’s Vineyard Viognier is based on this noble variety of France’s Northern Rhone - responsible for the famed, rare whites of Condrieu and Château Grillet. Despite a surge in its popularity in California in the 1990s, there is still relatively little Viognier planted in the state.
The ’20 Estate Viognier displays lovely aromas and flavors of stone fruit and citrus. Time in the glass offers up juicy peach flavors, honeysuckle and a long finish of spice and vanilla. The balance of bright acidity and a hint of creaminess from the primarily neutral French oak barrels make this wine a great match for fresh pasta with a cream sauce or lightly spiced shrimp tacos.
Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater
Cooperage: Neutral French Oak, 10 months