Napa Valley - September 2016
The grapes were sourced from the Glembacki Vineyard in the Oak Knoll district of the Napa Valley. The 2015 season got off to an early start and ran early all the way until harvest. There was even flowering early in the season and ripening in August. While summer offered an abundance of sunshine, temperatures rarely spiked above the mid-'90s. Except for a few sprinkles, the early fall rains that plagued so many recent harvests never arrived, allowing for a slightly earlier ripening. 100% Viognier grapes were barrel fermented in a 20% new French oak and 80% second year French Oak barrels. The wine rested on its lees for a period of 6 months. The wine did not go through Malolactic fermentation. Total time of oak contact was nine months.
Viognier is a wonderfully aromatic varietal of the Rhone Valley. The Alta Napa Valley Viognier is a classic representation of the elegant, floral varietal. Moderate climate and cool breezes are the perfect components to accentuate its delicate lush aromas and display a hint of mineral texture that makes this wine perfect for summer. Layers of freshly cut honeysuckle and meyer lemon fill the palette, leaving a trace of French oak on the finish. The wine was made for early consumption, but the acidity and aromatic sophistication should last for up to a decade.