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Viognier, Sonoma Coast, Estate

Viognier, Sonoma Coast, Estate Wine Details

Description: As with the 2002, we did not use any new oak when making the 2003 Viognier. The wine is fermented and aged in 6 year old neutral barrels that do not provide any oak flavors but soften the palate. In warmer climates, Viognier does not express its classic varietal characteristics until it is very ripe. Often this means that the growers leave the fruit on the vine and lose important acidity to gain flavor. Due to our climate we can push the ripeness of the Viognier and maintain a refreshing amount of acidity. This results in an expressive wine with backbone and fruit freshness.

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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