Vintage 2016
Wine Type Red
Varietal Viognier
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker Christophe Paubert
The extended drought was beginning to cause real concern as the 2016 growing season began, but some welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. After a relatively dry January we enjoyed significant rainfall in February, along with mild temperatures. Budbreak was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, and continued at a leisurely pace, allowing the grapes to reach full flavor maturity. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter showing of 2015, and the extended season helped to balance the acidity in each varietal and added additional complexity to the layers of flavors. This resulted in wines with outstanding concentration and flavor, particularly for early ripening varieties like Viognier.

Tasting Notes

Our 2016 Viognier captures the variety’s rich stone fruit characteristics, with hints of delicate honeysuckle and white pepper. There’s a lovely floral and citrus blossom expression, adding to the wine’s freshness and crisp acidity. Juicy apricot, white peach, hints of guava, and passion fruit are plentiful on the palate, leading into a lingering elegant finish. Our Viognier is a balanced and refreshing warm-weather wine with ample acidity and flavor nuances to pair nicely with a wide variety of cuisines.

Winemaking

The beauty of Viognier is captured in its freshness, and the traditional techniques used by Winemaker Christophe Paubert preserve that splendor. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole-cluster pressed and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. It was then aged on the lees and stirred every week for four months. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation, which helped to preserve the delicate floral aromas, fruit freshness and balanced acidity.
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