Why Viognier?

Why Viognier ?

Viognier is a hallmark of our winemaking program for a number of reasons. First, Viognier is a delicious white wine that is aromatic, flavorful, and pairs incredibly well with food. From seafood to white meats, cream sauces, tapas, and spicy foods, Viognier comes to the forefront of our own food pairings. Because of this, we wanted to share this incredibly tasty and versatile wine with our friends. We began the hunt for the elusive Rhone variety in 2008 and found a quality-driven grower in the Arroyo Seco AVA. Cedar Lane Vineyard is a sustainable vineyard nestled on a bench of sand and river rock, above the Arroyo Seco River. Late afternoon fog delivers cool evenings, and warm days contributes the ripeness, which helps to develop the aromatics and flavors (peach, apricot, melon, and orange blossoms) evenly. The wine is not easy to grow or make, however, which offered us a bit of a challenge. The wine was pressed gently and fermented in neutral oak barrels and stainless steel. Various yeasts were utilized, as was frequent battonage (stirring) to develop a broad fruity profile with a generous length and full body. Our Viognier does not undergo malolactic conversion. It is fined and filtered and bottled young in small lots of under 100 cases per vintage. It is our goal to produce a classically styled wine that complements the senses. To this end, we suggest you try our Viognier with friends, family, and/or some really great food. Thanks for checking in. We look forward to hearing from you … Cheers!


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