2012 Estate Late Harvest Viognier
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.