(Archive) VIOGNIER 2013 Estate Gannon Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Amazing how such a delicate grape can have so much complexity and grace.
Tasting Notes: Pineapple, grape. white flowers and toast. Light flavors of apricot, pineapple, melon, green papaya, mango, peach and hazelnut. An elegant complex style.
The Grape: Viognier is a delicate vine and it grows shyly. The fruit is small clustered with small, thin skinned transluscent berries. It is not a big producer.
The Vineyard: Frick's Estate Gannon Vineyard, on the south facing slope near the winery is good dirt for viognier. I planted this tiny vineyard in 1988 on decomposed Dry Creek Conglomerate soil. The vines have very low vigor and the grapes produced are full of classic viognier character. Production is always limited. This vintage produced a mere 1.5 tons per acre.
The Wine: This wine has a wonderful depth. Fermented and aged in barrels - 40% oak, 60% stainless steel. This wine avoids the cloying personality exhibited by some viogniers. Full bodied and rich without being sweet. The flavors are mouth filling round and complex.
Drink now to 2020. 140 cases made.
Serve with: halibut baked in parchment, fresh French bread, steamed mussels, split pea soup, sheep milk cheeses, Gulf prawns, fresh fruit salad, lobster, clam pasta, tuna casserole.