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The 2021 Viognier is our twelfth 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 2021, adding vibrant acids to its typical lush, floral, stone fruit profile.
A high-toned nose of peaches and white flowers with a little bit of tarragon-like sweet herbiness. Nicely fruity on the palate, with nectarine and mineral character and solid acids. Palate-coating without any sense of heaviness. Drink now and over the next five years.
- Adelaida District Paso Robles
- 100% Viognier
- 13.5% Alcohol by Volume
- 190 Cases Produced
Recipes & Pairings
- White fishes with tropical salsa
- Spicy Asian preparations of fish or chicken
- Garlicky shellfish
- Green salads with citrus dressing
We use most of our Viognier in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2021 we were so pleased by our Viognier lots that we reserved a small quantity of Viognier for a single-varietal bottling.
The 2021 vintage came after a chilly, relatively dry winter, the exception being a single storm that dropped more than a foot of rain on us in late January. The cold, dry winter produced a fruit set with smaller clusters and smaller berries, and yields were down about 25% compared to our average. The growing season was ideal, with each hot stretch followed by a cool period that allowed the vines to recover, and that combined with the low yields to produce some of our most intense fruit ever and our highest average acids since the chilly 2011 vintage. We believe that 2021 has all the hallmarks of a blockbuster year.
The Viognier grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks using native yeasts. During our blending trials, we selected two lots, both of which balance the grape's classic stone fruit and honey flavors with brighter-than-usual acids, for our varietal bottling. These lots were blended in April 2022, settled, and bottled in June.