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The 2019 Viognier is our tenth bottling of the Rhone's best-known white grape. The Viognier grape, known more from the northern Rhone than the area around Chateauneuf-du-Pape, shined in 2019, adding vibrant acids to its typical lush, floral, stone fruit profile.
The 2019 Viognier shows a deep, Rhone-like nose of peach syrup, jasmine, spearmint, and pungent spice. On the palate, a rich, creamy texture with flavors of baked apricots and cream soda, but with lemony acids and a pithy bite providing a welcome counterweight to the wine's lushness. The finish is like a peach crisp, from fruit to warm, buttery baking spices.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 13.0% Alcohol by Volume
- 480 Cases Produced
- 100% Viognier
Recipes & Pairings
- White fishes with tropical salsa
- Spicy Asian preparations of fish or chicken
- Garlicky shellfish
- Green salads with citrus dressing
Our Viognier grapes were grown on our certified organic and biodynamic estate vineyard.
We use most of our Viognier in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2019, we were so pleased by our Viognier lots that we reserved a small quantity of Viognier for a single-varietal bottling
The 2019 vintage began with ample rainfall the preceding winter. The wet soils delayed budbreak to a little after normal, and a cool first half of the summer delayed flowering and the ripening of our earlier varieties. Beginning the second week of July, the weather turned warm but never so warm to engage the vines' self-defense mechanism of shutting down, accelerating ripening of our later varieties and producing intense flavors. The resulting compressed harvest was completed under ideal conditions and the vintage shows both concentration and freshness, with bright acids framing ample fruit.
The Viognier grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks using native yeasts, then blended and bottled in June 2020.