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Tasting Notes
100% Viognier An expressive aromatic profile leaps from the glass with layers of fragrant orange blossom, cantaloupe, and sweet melon notes. Full-bodied and lush, with flavors of citrus, pineapple, and white peach. The vibrant fruit is balanced by mouthwatering acidity that adds poise and freshness.
Wine Specs
Yakima Valley
Vineyard Designation
Olsen Vineyard, Red Willow Vineyard
80% used French oak 8% concrete egg 7% stainless steel 5% new French oak. 6 months in barrel
Alcohol %
PAST ACCOLADES 2022 - 91 Decanter 2021 - 91 Wine Enthusiast 2020 - 91 Wine Enthusiast; 2019 - 91 Wine Advocate 2018 - 90 Wine Advocate, 93 Wine Enthusiast 2017 - 90 Tanzer; 2016 - 90 Wine Advocate, 90 Tanzer
Winemaker Notes
Our Viognier is sourced from two distinct sites both in the Yakima Valley AVA: Red Willow vineyard on the far western edge of the AVA and Olsen vineyard on the far eastern edge, close to Red Mountain. The cooler climate and exceptional sites at Red Willow produce wines that offer fantastic floral notes and citrus flavors. The warmer climate and south facing slopes at Olsen produce wines with ripe melon and tropical fruit characteristics. The 2023 Viognier spent 6 months being aged in 80% used French oak, 5% new French oak, 7% stainless steel, and 8% concrete egg. The concrete delivers exceptional mouthfeel, like an oak barrel, with beautifully clean aromatics like stainless steel. The addition of new French oak adds subtle layers of sweet barrel spice with increased depth and texture on the palate. The used oak component offers great mouthfeel while preserving natural aromatics. The stainless steel preserves the wine’s delicate aromatics and lends brightness to the flavors. The wine was fermented dry over 3 months at low temperatures. Low-temperature fermentation helps preserve the elegant aromatics. During this time the wine is gently stirred to suspend the lees and improve the mouthfeel. When the winemaking team feels the time is right malolactic fermentation is halted and the wine is gently fined and filtered into tank.