The 2006 Tablas Creek Vineyard Viognier is Tablas Creek’s third bottling of this most exuberant of Rhone white varietals. The Viognier grape is best known from the Northern Rhone, but is also used in the south as a blending component, to give peachy aromatics, weight on the palate, and spice to blends. We have found that in California, it is important to maintain Viognier’s acidity, as its tropical richness can otherwise overwhelm its balance.
As with all our wines, the Viognier grapes were grown on our 120-acre certified organic estate vineyard.
We use most of our Viognier in our Côtes de Tablas Blanc each year. However, in 2006, we were so pleased by the Viognier that we harvested that we reserved 3 barrels (75 cases) of Viognier for a single-varietal.
The 2006 vintage was a study of contrasts, with a cold, wet start, a very hot early summer, a cool late summer and a warm, beautiful fall. Ample rainfall in late winter gave the grapevines ample groundwater, and produced relatively generous crop sizes. The relatively cool late-season temperatures resulted in a delayed but unhurried harvest, wines with lower than normal alcohols, strong varietal character, and good acids. Viognier began the harvest starting September 15th, and was largely in by the end of September.
The Viognier grapes were whole cluster pressed, and fermented using native yeasts in neutral barrels to emphasize the grapes' natural richness without adding oak that might weigh down the aromatics. The wine was bottled in May 2007.
The 2006 Viognier is a pale green-gold wine with a flowery jasmine and honeysuckle nose. It is crisp and dry, yet round on the palate, with bright fruit, structure, and depth, followed by a long, dry finish with flavors of peach pit, honey, and crushed rock.
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July 25, 2014
By Robert Haas
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