This wine is 50% and 50% Viognier. The chardonnay comes from the first pick at Bien Nacido - Y Block. Most of the vio...Read more...
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This wine is 50% and 50% Viognier. The chardonnay comes from the first pick at Bien Nacido - Y Block. Most of the viognier is from Bien Nacido, with a small percentage of viognier coming from the Vogelzang vineyard in Santa Ynez. The viognier is picked ultra-ripe (around 25.6° brix), which on its own would be too heavy and cloying. At that ripeness however, the viognier aromatics are amazing. It is blended with chardonnay that was picked, in this case, at 22° brix, which reigns in the alcohol (13.5% here) and gives the wine structure and acidity. The various lots were harvested, fermented and aged separately. The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice chilled and settled overnight, fermented and aged in neutral French oak barrels for 5 month and allowed to go through malo. 2613 cases were bottled in March 2007. This wine is pure pleasure. The point of this wine is freshness and youthful exuberance. If you buy a few bottles, put them right in the refrigerator - they will disappear quickly!
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