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2016 Skipstone Viognier
Just five rows of Viognier span the northern peaks of our amphitheater shaped vineyard. Situated on steep mountain terraces, the thin rocky soils force the vines to struggle which in turn brings out intensity and complexity in the fruit. Steady sun exposure during the day followed by afternoon shade blesses us with the ability to achieve both ripeness and long hang time. This in turn adds depth and complexity to the fruit.
In the winery, we strive to balance the natural weightiness and aromatic intensity of the variety through minimal malolactic fermentation and use of oak. By blending several micro-lots aged for 16 months in barrel, stainless steel, and concrete, the resulting wine is notable for its style and sophistication.
While drinkable upon release, Skipstone Viognier has a special propensity to age for over a decade, revealing layer upon layer of added complexity over time.