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Knights Valley Viognier

Knights Valley Viognier Wine Details

Description: This fruit comes from the Noble Vineyard located in the Knights Valley appellation of Sonoma County. This is where Gregory Graham Viognier got its start, and it continues with another stylish Viognier similar to the previous vintages that continue to receive favorable reviews from both The Wine Spectator and Connoisseur’s Guide to California Wine. The grapes from this vineyard have their own unique aroma and flavor characteristics that are Condrieu in character. The fruit was hand harvested and whole cluster pressed without crushing. The juice was cold settled and barrel fermented in a cool cellar with French oak barrels to retain its delicate fruit aromas and enhance its complexity. The wine was then surlie aged for five months in barrels to increase its body and depth of flavor. The Knights Valley vineyard consists of mature twelve-year-old vines that produce a wine with unique aromas and flavor characteristics that are very enjoyable. Loaded with ripe pear, these aromas are further enhanced with a hint of mineral and light toasty notes. The flavors match these aromas and are big and rich. The richness and warm flavors are the unique characteristic of wine made from ripe Viognier grapes. Enjoy this wine with shellfish in a rich cream sauce or with a grilled meaty fish, like ahi, accompanied with a fresh fruit salsa composed of mangos, tangerine, and cilantro.

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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