2017 Tierra Alta Vineyard Viognier

2017 Tierra Alta Vineyard Viognier

Every year, people cannot wait for our Viognier to be released!  And this year's wine was definitely worth the wait.  It has beautiful aromas of freshly cut white flowers, honeydew melon, peach and nectarine that jump from the glass while mouthwatering flavors of ripe, juicy peaches, nectarine and citrus lead way to a bright, crisp acidity to refresh your palate. This wine is the perfect white to accompany the fall season and to pair with some of your richer food fare.  

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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.   


Wine Specs

Vintage 2017
Varietal Viognier
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Alcohol % 14.1

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