Zaca Mesa Viognier 2016
97.5% Viognier, 2.5% Grenache Blanc
Viognier is a white grape variety indigenous to the Rhône Valley of France. We are so taken with this beautifully aromatic varietal that we have dedicated 18 acres of our estate vineyard to the grape.
Our 2014 Viognier jumps out of the glass with honeysuckle and ripe peaches. The palate has notes of peach pit, ripe apricot, melon, citrus and a lingering touch of minerality, a signature characteristic of our sandy loam soils.
After early morning hand-harvesting, our Viognier begins fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Halfway through fermentation we transfer the wine into neutral French oak barrels (8+ years old). The wine was then aged for six months, but not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation. This short barrel aging allows the wine to build texture and mouth-feel while retaining its brightness.