2016 Viognier, 'Catie's Corner', Russian River Magnum
Vineyard Notes: Sustainably farmed, cool climate site, river cobbles and Goldridge loam soils. Normal budbreak, smaller set, really hot June & last part of July, wonderfully cool August & first half September, smaller crop around 2.5 tons to the acre. We harvested the grapes September 7th.
Winemaker’s Tasting Notes: Barrel fermented in neutral French oak and aged for 16 months sur lees. Golden straw in color. Big nose full of honeysuckle, bright peach, pear liqueur, and floral apricot. Background notes of beeswax, mascarpone, and thyme. Mouthful of stone fruits, orange runts, and liquid minerals. Finishes long and bright with hints of mango, hazelnut, and touch of salinity.