Viognier Reserve2022

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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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Year

2022

Cellar Life

7yrs

Another challenging season which started with very early budbreak in late March, followed by a 3 night of frost which impacted and reduced the yield in the early budding Chardonnay and Nebbiolo by 20%, three more frosty nights in April did not cause further damage and the season normalized in early May inducing ideal bloom conditions for the clusters. Above average precipitation in June until early August made us a bit jittery, yet hopeful, and finally we started receiving some periods of sunshine, harvest started on August 21st on white varietals with good to very good quality especially on grapes picked in early September. Stellar-solar weather in the first 4 weeks of September gifted us with an opportunity to pick good to excellent fruit according to varietal and vineyard block combination. Another Octagon Vintage from Merlot Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot, no Cabernet Sauvignon.

James Suckling.com 92 Points
Critics Challenge Wine & Spirits Competition, 2023 Gold Medal
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, 0.63