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Terre Rouge Viognier, Shenandoah Valley

Terre Rouge Viognier, Shenandoah Valley Wine Details
Price: $30.00 per bottle

Description: A great follow to our popular 2001 Viognier, our 2002 is a bit more opulent. Our Shenandoah Valley Viognier is planted in loamy, decomposed granite soil and cropped carefully. It has great body, richness, and mouth feel. There are also attractive apricot and peach flavors with a delicious texture and a slight stoniness in the finish. The pit (stone) fruit varieties thrive in our Rhône-like climate. We pick the fruit by flavor and physiological maturity. The grapes begin to get a brown speckled look when they approach maturity. We have planted more Viognier in some exciting new sites in the Sierra region, but for the time being this is our top bottling. Our Viognier is a favorite of some of France's top boutique Condrieu producers. Whole-cluster pressed, barrel fermented in slightly used French oak barrels, extended lees aging, no racking, and full malolactic fermentation. Bottled in mid-June of 2003.

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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