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2016 Viognier Russian River

The grapes for our Viognier come from Martha’s Vineyard in the heart of the Russian River AVA.  This idyllic setting is perfect for allowing Viognier to fully develop both aroma and richness with floral, honeysuckle, jasmine nose and delicate apricot, passion fruit, and melon on the finish.

With parts of the AVA located less than 10 miles from the Pacific, the climate of the Russian River AVA is characterized by cool morning fog that comes in from the ocean through the Petaluma Gap and burns off during the day.  The cooling influence of the fog is responsible for the large diurnal temperature variation with nighttime temperatures dropping by as much as 35 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit from daytime highs.  The Russian River is a rain-fed waterway that swells in the wintertime and provides vital irrigation to the region’s vineyards during the dry season in late spring.  In the summertime, the warmth of the season is tempered by the maritime influence of fog that facilitates a long, slow ripening period and limits the risk of over-ripeness or “baked” flavors in the grapes.  Harvest in the Russian River Area often takes place at later dates than in its neighboring regions.  The central and western reaches of the AVA are the coolest and tend to be most extensively planted with Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Viognier.

$34.00 per Bottle
$367.00 per Case

Technical Details

Vintage 2016
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Viognier
Appellation Russian River
Acid .612
PH 3.68
Bottling Date 3/15/2017
Alcohol % 14.0
Size 750 ml

Vineyard Designation

Martha's Vineyard

Production Notes

55 Cases

Winemaker Notes

We aged this wine in a combination of new and older French Oak barrels to round out the fullest expression of this wonderful white grape. Viognier benefited from malolactic fermentation as well as sur lie aging to round out the mid-palate and provide an overall balanced and smooth finish.

Recommended Food Pairings

Shellfish – crab, prawns, scallops or lobster. Spice-rubbed chicken or turkey as well as braised or roasted vegetables, Moroccan dishes or mild curries all pair well with Viognier.