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2012 Estate Late Harvest Viognier

2012 Estate Late Harvest Viognier
Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Late Harvest Viognier
Appellation
Sonoma Mountain
Vineyard Designation
Belden Barns Estate
Harvest Date
November 15, 2012
Acid
4.6
pH
3.9
Aging
17 Months in 100% New French Oak
Bottling Date
March 18th, 2014
Residual Sugar
13.6% By Weight
Alcohol %
13.4
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We originally planted a small plot of Viognier on our site to co-ferment with Syrah, a winemaking approach widely used in the Northern Rhone appellation of Côte-Rôtie to add floral notes and complexity.   During the many-year process of waiting for our young Viognier vines to bear a reasonable amount of fruit to harvest, we kept bumping into the occasional late harvest Viognier.  We love this style of wine, and decided that the Viognier grapes provided a great opportunity to round out our offering with a desert wine. When converting outrageously ripe late harvest grapes, the fermenting yeast get to a point when they pack their bags and quit working.  As a result, some residual sugar is left behind.  The alchemy achieved utilizing late harvest Viognier fruit, residual sugar and 100% new French oak is absolutely delectable.

It's a good thing our 2012 Late Harvest Viognier makes its appearance late in a meal. Any earlier, and it would likely steal the entire show.  We love that this wine carries its core of fruit hand in hand with its sweet and oak notes.  A very balanced dessert wine, this effort brings a huge payoff in drinking pleasure.

 

Wine Specs
Vintage
2012
Varietal
Late Harvest Viognier
Appellation
Sonoma Mountain
Vineyard Designation
Belden Barns Estate
Harvest Date
November 15, 2012
Acid
4.6
pH
3.9
Aging
17 Months in 100% New French Oak
Bottling Date
March 18th, 2014
Residual Sugar
13.6% By Weight
Alcohol %
13.4
Wine Profile
Vineyard Notes
North-facing hillside, Spacing 7 x 4, Vertical Shoot Positioning
Production Notes
375 mL Bottles
Production
90 Cases
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