(Archive) VIOGNIER 2014 Estate Gannon Vineyard, Dry Creek Valley
Tasting Notes: Dusty straw color. Clean aromas of apricot, flowers and peach. Smooth bodied with round flavors of ripe pineapple, pear, apricot and marzipan. Lemon tart freshness with a light bitterness in the finish.
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 1500 pounds of grapes per acre.
The Wine: This wine has nice, but restrained richness. Fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels. Full bodied and flavorful without being sweet. The flavors are mouth filling round and complex. I like it a lot.
Drink now to 2022. 70 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.