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2018 Viognier

2018 Viognier

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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. To balance the weight and intensity of this voluptuous grape, we limit the exposure to oak and avoid malolactic fermentation. Thus the final wine is full but bright and absolutely delicious.

After years of drought in our region earlier in the decade, rains in 2017 and early 2018 replenished the soils prior to the growing season. 2018, in contrast to 2017 and 2019, was a season of abundance: the dry, cooler growing season yielded the grower and winemaker’s dream combination of high quality and above average quantity.  Concrete egg, stainless steel, and French oak frame this bright, elegant wine in the glass. The relatively cooler vintage this season resulted in a Viognier exhibiting more acidity and citrus than prior vintages, balanced by our textbook tropical fruit, floral notes, and vanilla our vineyard shows in this wine annually.