2018 Viognier, Tierra Alta Vineyard

2018 Viognier, Tierra Alta Vineyard

92 Points!

"Blair's 2018 Viognier Tierra Alta Vineyard sports a light gold color as well as Condrieu-like notes of apricots, tangerines, citrus, and hints of minerality.  It's beautifully done, clean, balanced, and medium-bodied, with plenty of Viognier character." - Jeb Dennuck

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Vineyards and Composition: 100% Tierra Alta Vineyard Viognier; Ballard Canyon, Santa Barbara County.

Barrel Aging and Cooperage: Five months sur lie in 100% French oak barrels and stirred monthly before being transferred to a 700L concrete egg for five months

Production: 127 cases made

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 2.2 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 five 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 2019. Beautiful aromas of freshly cut white flowers, honeydew melon, peach and nectarine jump from the glass while mouthwatering flavors of ripe, juicy peaches, nectarine and citrus lead way to bright, crisp acidity to refresh your palate.

Bottle Aging:  This wine is best enjoyed within the next two years to enjoy the bright fruit and crisp acidity.

Retail Price: $36 per bottle / Wine Club Price: $28.80 per bottle

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Wine Specs

Vintage 2018
Varietal Viognier
Appellation Ballard Canyon
Harvest Date October 2018
Bottling Date August 2018

Wine Profile

Ratings 92 Points - Jeb Dennuck

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