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2018 Viognier
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2018 Viognier
Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Viognier
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
San Lucas Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 10, 2018
pH
3.37
Aging
Stainless Steel, 7 months
Bottling Date
May 16, 2019
Alcohol %
14.6
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SKU: 18SVIVI7EMON502

In 1965, Viognier was on the brink of extinction. Only eight measly acres of this Rhône varietal existed in the Condrieu. That Viognier has crawled its way off of the endangered species list is no small miracle. Capricious by nature, growing Viognier is like walking a tightrope. Sensitive, late ripening, and naturally low in acid, she’s a fickle grape and even when you pour heart and soul into her, she might just thumb her nose at you. Her saving grace? Viognier is truly gorgeous, with the aromas and distinctiveness of a Gewürz, the succulent fruit flavors and creamy mouthfeel of a Chardonnay, and that certain je ne sais quoi that gives her a magic all her own. Our 2018 Viognier features striking aromas of white peach, pear and orange blossom. On the palate, layers of stone fruit and tropical notes lead into a crisp, clean finish. 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2018
Varietal
Viognier
Appellation
Monterey
Vineyard
San Lucas Vineyard
Harvest Date
September 10, 2018
pH
3.37
Aging
Stainless Steel, 7 months
Bottling Date
May 16, 2019
Alcohol %
14.6
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Wine Profile
Vineyard
Viognier is extremely sensitive to its surroundings, requiring a locale with just the right amount of heat and sunshine tempered by cool nights in order to keep the right sugar-acid-flavor balance. More so than most varieties, Viognier must be harvested at its absolute peak of maturity in order to show off the intense flavors and richness that are the epitome of this varietal. Our Viognier is grown on Block 7a of our San Lucas Vineyard. With cool mornings unfolding into plenty of afternoon sunshine, this 3-acre spot allows the late-ripening Viognier to hang on the vine and achieve maximum fruit flavors .
Varietal Composition
100% Viognier
Winemaking
After hand-harvesting and delivery to the winery, the Viognier was fermented in a refrigerated stainless steel tank at a cool temperature of about 50°F. The slow and cold fermentation process enhanced fruit esters and preserved the delicate nuances of the Viognier grape. We used a specially-selected yeast strain to further preserve and accent the fruit-forward varietal character. The wine was aged in 100% stainless steel for eight months prior to bottling.
Cases Produced
128