Delicate and provocative, the aromatics start with white peach, floral notes, and then some spice cuts in. The flavors follow suit with peach, Bosch pear, light honey suckle, and surprisingly tangly crisp finish. A slight sweetness is noticeable at the start but is replaced with citrus notes from the acidity.
Vineyard Source: Coyote Canyon Vineyard
AVA: Horse Heaven Hills
Grower Degree Days: 3200
Precipitation: inches: 8 inches
Pick Date: September 8th, 2020.
Viognier is back in the house! We did not make a 2019 vintage Viognier but the 2020 was too good to pass up. The season was great for our white wines, although some early September smoke had us worried. I don’t think you will be picking up any unwanted smoky flavors in this wine. It is all fruit and spice.
We have been using our Viognier in blends the past few years but still love showing the varietal all on its own. As a winemaker I like the challenge of producing varietal wines, but at my heart I love making blends. This wine had a little blending done with it, the Marsanne may be the secret weapon, our Roussanne has always added an extra layer of complexity.
We continue to make this wine in stainless steel to try and showcase the fruit aspects of the wine. I thought I was picking early enough to retain great acidity, but I could have pulled the trigger a little earlier or added some extra water to the fermentation. Adding water is something I try to avoid. I would like the alcohol to be closer to 13.5%, or lower, but this year it is a little higher. The slight residual sugar helps balance the heat of the alcohol and hopefully you will find it to be balanced and delightful.