2009 Viognier

Blend and Grape Sources

100% estate-grown Napa Valley Viognier

Harvest Dates
September 2, 2009
Winemaking Data

Grapes were harvested at an average 23.9o Brix,  fermented and then aged 8 months in 100% French oak (12% new, 88% 1 – 2 year old barrels and puncheons). The lees were stirred both during and after fermentation, and the wine was bottled in June 2010.

Winemaker Notes

The 2009 Viognier growing season began with budbreak at the end of April, almost one month behind 2008.  Bloom followed rapidly just three weeks later.  August was slightly cooler than average based on degree day records for the past seven years on the home ranch.

The Viognier block was harvested on September 2nd.  The balance between acid and sugar concentration was excellent this year.  The wine has heady aromatics of apricot, honeysuckle, orange blossom and minerality followed by a mouthful of sweet fruit notes, balanced acidity and focused flavors.
Wine Notes (PDF)