The distinctive freshness of this Viognier finds the perfect balance of floral characteristics, rich texture and finesse.
Elegant and complex, the 2012 Stags’ Leap Viognier features delicate floral and stone fruit aromas. Signature flavors of peach, nectarine and apricot continue on the palate, and are lifted by bracing, natural acidity and inviting minerality. The distinctive freshness of this Viognier finds the perfect balance of floral characteristics, rich texture and finesse.
Our Viognier is sourced from three select vineyards in the Oak Knoll and Carneros AVAs. Located in the southern part of Napa Valley, these cooler vineyards are optimal for growing Viognier, providing sufficient sun exposure for ripening and cool marine fog for maintaining natural acidity. The Viognier planted at these Oak Knoll and Carneros vineyards showcase flavor complexity and refined aromatic expression ideal for our bottling.
Acclaimed for its “perfect” growing season, the 2012 vintage will be remembered for its abundance of high-quality fruit. The season began with exceptional, moderate weather that brought virtually no harm to the grapes all the way through fruit-set, and the long, mild days continued well into the summer. A cooler-than-normal period hit at the end of September, which allowed for the preservation of fruit aromatics, freshness and natural acidity that is ideal for this Viognier.
The beauty of Viognier is captured in its freshness, and the traditional techniques used by Winemaker Christophe Paubert preserve that splendor. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole cluster pressed and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. It was then aged on the lees and stirred every week for four months. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation to preserve just enough of the delicate floral aromas, fruit freshness and balanced acidity.
Varietal Composition: 100% Viognier