Bonny Doon Vineyard Viognier California Light Port 2001

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One of the more unusual products ever produced at Bonny Doon (even by our standards)! The viognier was harvested from...

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Winemaker's Notes:

One of the more unusual products ever produced at Bonny Doon (even by our standards)! The viognier was harvested from the Chequera Vineyard in Paso Robles. (An aside: This is the viognier which was originally thought to be roussanne at our old Estate vineyard in Bonny Doon, cuttings from which were used to plant Chequera in the early 1990s). Once harvested, the fermenting viognier was fortified with the addition of 8% assorted brandies (mostly fresh spirits but with a bit of peach and strawberry too), preserving some of the fresh viognier character and its unfermented grape sugars too. Then it was into French oak puncheon barrels for our creation to repose for six years before filtration and bottling. Our unique Viognier Port was left with approximately 8% residual sugar and a degree of 18.5 % alcohol. So, definitely with some power and a bit sweet, but not syrupy by any means. “B-but, how does it taste?” you query. The wine has a slightly brassy pink color with aromas of toasted coconut, caramel, orange zest, dried cantaloupe melon and milk chocolate. On the palate it is rich and flavorful but more off-dry than sweet, with roasted nuts, marshmallow, exotic stone and melon fruit flavors, a bit of oak tannin and a richly warm finish. Ready to drink now but will hold for a few years.

One of the more unusual products ever produced at Bonny Doon (even by our standards)! The viognier was harvested from the Chequera Vineyard in Paso Robles. (An aside: This is the viognier which was originally thought to be roussanne at our old Estate vineyard in Bonny Doon, cuttings from which were used to plant Chequera in the early 1990s). Once harvested, the fermenting viognier was fortified with the addition of 8% assorted brandies (mostly fresh spirits but with a bit of peach and strawberry too), preserving some of the fresh viognier character and its unfermented grape sugars too. Then it was into French oak puncheon barrels for our creation to repose for six years before filtration and bottling. Our unique Viognier Port was left with approximately 8% residual sugar and a degree of 18.5 % alcohol. So, definitely with some power and a bit sweet, but not syrupy by any means. “B-but, how does it taste?” you query. The wine has a slightly brassy pink color with aromas of toasted coconut, caramel, orange zest, dried cantaloupe melon and milk chocolate. On the palate it is rich and flavorful but more off-dry than sweet, with roasted nuts, marshmallow, exotic stone and melon fruit flavors, a bit of oak tannin and a richly warm finish. Ready to drink now but will hold for a few years.

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