2013 Viognier

Production Notes

The 2013 Tablas Creek Vineyard Viognier is our sixth bottling (but just the second since 2006) of the Rhone's best-known white grape.  The Viognier grape, known more from the northern Rhone than the area around Chateauneuf du Pape, sprouts first of all our grapes, making it the most prone to frost, but was spared in 2013 and thrived in the warm days and cool nights.

Our Viognier grapes were grown on our certified organic estate vineyard.

We use most of our Viognier in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2013, we were so pleased by our Viognier lots that we reserved a small quantity of Viognier for a single-varietal bottling

The 2013 vintage was a classic California vintage, warm and sunny, with added intensity from the low yields produced by our second consecutive drought year.  The summer was consistently warm, without the heat spikes or cold stretches that can delay ripening, and resulted in an early harvest under near-perfect conditions.  The net result was a blockbuster vintage, with excellent concentration and good freshness, that should offer both early appeal and the capacity to age. Our Viognier was harvested between August 26th and September 3rd.

The Viognier grapes were whole cluster pressed and fermented in stainless steel tanks, then blended and bottled in May 2014.

Tasting Notes

The 2013 Viognier shows a nose balanced between savory and fruit flavors, with chalky minerality, green plum, kiwi, anise and hops.  In the mouth it's rich and tangy, with flavors of cantaloupe, mandarin, sorrel and pineapple.  The finish is long and clean, with lemongrass and creamy minerality, and a lingering texture.  Drink in the next five years.

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Food Pairings

  • White fishes with tropical salsa
  • Spicy Asian preparations of fish or chicken
  • Garlicky shellfish
  • Green salads with citrus dressing
$30.00

Blend

  • 100% Viognier

Technical Notes

  • 12.4% Alcohol by Volume
  • 520 Cases Produced

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