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Late Harvest Viognier Wine Details

Description: McCrea Cellars released Washington State’s first varietal Viognier from the 1997 vintage. We now introduce our first “sticky” wine made from this exotic white Rhône grape. 2002 was another very warm vintage in Washington State, much like ’98, ’00 and ‘01. In spite of a few strong heat spikes in June, grapes were harvested relatively late throughout the season. Although sugar levels indicated ripeness, we waited for the fruit flavors to develop fully. As a result, many wines from this vintage will be lush and fruit-forward with slightly higher alcohols, balanced by greater fruit intensity, tannins and excellent acidity.

Varietal Definition
The most acclaimed white wine grape from France's Rhône Valley, Viognier is a highly aromatic varietal, with a flavor profile that could include peach, apricot, nectarine, lichee, musk and flower blossom. The heady perfume of this varietal is one of its trademarks, although its flavors are sometimes problematic in matching with food. However, it does well with lobster, crab and moderately flavored fish. Use it as an apéritif as an alternative to Chardonnay. The "Rhône Rangers" in California have done an excellent job promoting this varietal.


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