Our 2015 Viognier at once captures the variety’s rich stone fruit and citrus blossom expression and preserves the wine’s delicate freshness and crisp acidity.
Our 2015 Viognier at once captures the variety’s rich stone fruit and citrus blossom expression and preserves the wine’s delicate freshness and crisp acidity. Juicy apricot, white peach and fresh almond are plentiful on the palate, leading into a lingering floral finish. Our Viognier is a balanced and refreshing warm weather wine with ample acidity and flavor nuances to pair nicely with a wide variety of cuisines.
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.
After three years of plentiful harvests, the 2015 vintage resulted in a less abundant crop, but the quality remained exceptional. The mild, dry spring conditions promoted an early bud-break and minimal heat during summer allowed the fruit to ripen at a steady pace through picking, which began a few days earlier than 2014. The drier-than-normal conditions contributed to the smaller berry size and low yields, resulting in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor, particularly for early ripening varieties like 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