2016 Viognier, Napa Valley
Price $60.00, $48.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Viognier (62% St. Helena Home Ranch Vineyard and 38% Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard).
Appellation Napa Valley
Harvest Dates August 22 and September 12, 2016
Aging/Cooperage Aged for seven months in one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons before bottling.
Winemaking Data Following harvest, grapes were held overnight in cold storage before pressing followed by barrel fermentation with native yeast. The Viognier was aged for seven months in 1-2 year-old French oak puncheons before bottling in May 2017. The lees were stirred during fermentation enhancing the textured mouthfeel while complementing vibrant acidity.
Winemaker Notes The mild Carneros climate with its cool afternoon maritime breeze allows the fruit from the Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard to have a long, even hang time with layers of fragrant gardenia and orange blossom, while the Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena highlights juicy apricot and white peach, candied orange peel and flinty minerality. The finished wine is bright and fresh with flawless balance, layers of complexity and an elegant, lingering finish.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in a very early Viognier bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. As the growing season progressed and came to completion, the 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the white varieties.