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Arrowood Viognier Russian River Valley Saralee's Vineyard 2005

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Late Harvest Riesling is one of winedom's most hedonistic treats. Our 2005 is bursting with ripe apricots and peaches in the nose and on the palate. The texture is rich, thick and luscious. The ample residual sugar is supported by firm acids and vivid flavors. While drinking beautifully in its youth, this wine will age well into the next decade. Our 2005 Select Late Harvest Riesling comes from a one-acre block planted in 1997 in the Russian River appellation. Cool temperatures and morning fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean promote the development of Botrytis cinerea, or "noble rot," in the vineyards. This beneficial mold shrivels the grapes, concentrating sugars and intensifying the flavors. To maintain the pure fruit character of the grapes, we fermented and aged the wine in stainless steel and prevented the start of malolactic fermentation. In addition to being wonderful people, Rich and Saralee Kunde are among the finest grape growers in California. They own more than 500 acres of prime Sonoma County vineyards spread over six separate sites. Their nursery and vineyards boast an extraordinary collection of varieties (16 wine grapes, 17 table grapes), clones (75+) and rootstocks. Since its first harvest 18 years ago, Saralee's Vineyard has been one of Richard's favorite sources for fruit.

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Arrowood Vineyards & Winery:
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wi... Read more
The winemaking philosophy at Arrowood is simple: Produce classic varietal wines using grapes exclusively from Sonoma County's diverse viticultural areas such as Russian River Valley, Alexander and Dry Creek Valleys or Sonoma-Carneros. This approach has not changed since the winery was founded in 1986 by Richard Arrowood and his wife and partner, Alis Demers Arrowood. Richard has been making wine for more than four decades. Before founding Arrowood, he was winemaker and the first employee at Chateau St. Jean. There he produced the winery's first releases: Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and a wine that may have very well put Chateau St. Jean on the map - a Select Late Harvest Riesling. Arrowood Winery opened while Richard was still the winemaker at Chateau St. Jean, and for the first three years Alis ran the winery while Richard fulfilled his obligations at Chateau St. Jean. She dragged hoses in the cellar, topped barrels and ran the bottling line. She spent weekends entertaining, giving tours and hosting wine tastings. The first Arrowood wines were released in 1988. Read less

External Reviews for Arrowood Viognier Russian River Valley Saralee's Vineyard

External Review
Source: Shop Wine Direct
01/17/2009

Wine Advocate ReviewThe 2005 Viognier Saralees Vineyard exhibits a big, open-knit, rose petal, litchi, and apricot-scented nose, delicious fruit, good freshness, and a full-bodied palate.



Late Harvest Riesling is one of winedom's most hedonistic treats. Our 2005 is bursting with ripe apricots and peaches in the nose and on the palate. The texture is rich, thick and luscious. The ample residual sugar is supported by firm acids and vivid flavors. While drinking beautifully in its youth, this wine will age well into the next decade. Our 2005 Select Late Harvest Riesling comes from a one-acre block planted in 1997 in the Russian River appellation. Cool temperatures and morning fog from the nearby Pacific Ocean promote the development of Botrytis cinerea, or "noble rot," in the vineyards. This beneficial mold shrivels the grapes, concentrating sugars and intensifying the flavors. To maintain the pure fruit character of the grapes, we fermented and aged the wine in stainless steel and prevented the start of malolactic fermentation. In addition to being wonderful people, Rich and Saralee Kunde are among the finest grape growers in California. They own more than 500 acres of prime Sonoma County vineyards spread over six separate sites. Their nursery and vineyards boast an extraordinary collection of varieties (16 wine grapes, 17 table grapes), clones (75+) and rootstocks. Since its first harvest 18 years ago, Saralee's Vineyard has been one of Richard's favorite sources for fruit.

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