2017 Tierra Alta Vineyard Viognier
Vineyards and Composition: 100% Tierra Alta Vineyard Viognier, Ballard Canyon A.V.A., Santa Barbara County
Cooperage: Fermented and aged in 100% 3 year old French oak (Sirugue, Mercurey) for 5 months and aged for 5 additional months in a 700L concrete egg.
Production: 142 cases,
Winemaking: The Viognier grapes came from a very steep hillside block planted in shallow calcareous soils. Located in the Ballard Canyon of Santa Barbara County with a cool marine influence and a long, cool growing season these grapes produced a meager 2.5 tons per acre crop with excellent concentration and freshness. These grapes were hand harvested early in the morning, hand sorted and whole-cluster pressed to preserve the fresh, floral and fruity quality of this amazing varietal. The juice was fermented in 100% three year old French oak barrels while preventing malo-lactic fermentation with sulphur dioxide. This Viognier was aged for six months sur lie in barrel and stirred monthly before being transferred to a 700L concrete egg for five months prior to bottling in July of 2018.