Viognier Reserve2018


Viognier Reserve

Planted widely now in many regions of Virginia, Viognier evolves so vividly in our Piedmont terroir that we were the first to abandon oak and malolactic fermentation to reveal the complexity within its warm climate sultriness, and the vitality of middle palate sustaining its floral opulence. A wine of full body and adaptability with game as well as the traditional pairings of fish, shellfish, poultry and Asian cuisine.


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An early and very fruitful April budbreak, without following frost, encouraged aggressive shoot-thinning and cluster selection, vine by vine, preparing for a normal growing season. But with some 75 days of very persistent rain, we were required to edge the vines 5 times, when a dry year like 2010 would not require this; and we more than doubled our leaf-pulling for an average season. Spared the many storms which moved across Virginia in the crucial month of August, our clusters then ripened efficiently in the crucial month of August. White varietals, all picked by late August, showed high to great quality.

San Diego International WC, 2020 Gold Medal, 90 Points
Critics Challenge IWC 2020 Gold Medal, 91 points
American Fine Wine Competition, 2020 Gold Medal, 93 Points
Fermentation In stainless steel at 68ºF for 10 days, no malolactic fermentation
Aging On the lees in stainless steel for 8-10 months
Composition Viognier 100%
Analysis Alcohol, 13.0%
Residual Sugars, 0.2%
Total Acidity, 0.58%

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