2019 Viognier, Napa Valley
Winemaker Notes The 2019 Viognier is overflowing with citrus blossom, white flower and savory dried herb aromatics followed by ripe apricot, lemon oil and pear along the lush, creamy palate. Bright and satisfying weight with firm acidity and a lingering, layered finish.
Winemaking Data Grapes were gently pressed cold to barrel for fermentation and aged for six months in neutral French oak puncheons from coopers Dargaud Jaegle and Ermitage.
Vintage Notes Bud break occurred around the same time as 2018 but was delayed compared to our historical averages due to cold, saturated soils from the wet winter. May was cold with an unusual amount of rainfall which delayed bloom in some areas. Canopy management was key in 2019 because of vigorous canopies and moderate temperatures leading to less stress on the vines. July was cooler than average, but August and September warmed to push ripening ahead. The St. Helena block of Viognier was picked the first week of September and the Larry Hyde & Sons block two weeks later. In 2019, the Viognier quality was excellent with well-developed flavors and uplifting acidity.
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Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Viognier (58% St. Helena Home Ranch Vineyard and 42% Larry Hyde & Sons Vineyard).
Appellation Napa Valley
Aging/Cooperage 6 months in neutral French oak puncheons from coopers Dargaud Jaegle and Ermitage.