Fall ReleaseLia Viognier
2014

Winemaker’s Notes

Beautiful aromatics: honeysuckle, white blossom, white nectarine and minerals. Dynamic palate entry with a beautiful intertwining of delicate fruit & acid tension. Develops to richer apricot jam and orange marmalade with a savory green olive and sage edge. Vanilla crème as the leesy texture builds, broad and silky. Clean finish with intense grapefruit peel and bright acidity.

A near-perfect continuation from our highly-lauded 2013 bottling, this new vintage reflects the nature of the season, a little more savory-driven, a little less overtly fruity than 2013. Initially demure and poised, it begins fresh and linear before the natural fruit extract takes hold. Gorgeous texture on the mid-palate, graceful, silky and fine. The rich fruit notes are balanced by fresh herb and mineral character. Uncommon age ability for a Californian Viognier, you can drink this from release for four or five years. Like all our chardonnay wines, don’t serve this too cold.

Beautiful complex wine, classic apricot and nectarine richness, focused savory elements, subtle viscosity & pleasingly bitter grapefruit pith finish.

Andy Smith

Vineyard

Harvest Date

August 29th

Appellation

Russian River Valley

Clones

#1 and #3

Age of Vines at Harvest

9 years

Barrel Aging

11 months in 10% new French oak hogsheads from Tonnellerie Ermitage then 3 months settling in tank

Production

310 cases of 750mL

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