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2015 Viognier
Anna's Estate Vineyard
 
91 - Connoisseurs' Guide

This classic Viognier highlights the fresh limestone soils at its feet. Bright and racy with delicious aromas of stone fruit and fresh white jasmine. Some bright orange citrus aromas and flavors complement the silky richness melding into  crushed shell mineral notes. Drink through 2018

91 points, Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine

"Nicely defined with the distinct tropical fruit and flowers of Viognier plainly evident right from the first, this sizeable, deeply drawn working is at once as lively as it is so very rich. It is full and slightly fleshy with a neatly fit compliment of freshening acidity and a very long finish that exhibits great fruity life. It does a remarkable job at hiding its claimed 15.8% alcohol, and, as well-filled and delicious as it is now, it is balanced to last and does not demand hasty drinking."

Tasting Notes

The wine opens to a tantalizing array of floral and citrus aromas reminiscent of peach blossoms, grapefruit, honey-crisp apple and ripe pineapple, maintaining its crisp edged signature with hints of sweet crenshaw melon and a penetrating crushed stone minerality. At its freshest through 2018 but can gain depth and concentration up through 2021.

Professional Reviews

91

Food Pairings

Thai chicken salad and slow roasted pork tenderloin

Vineyard Notes

A dedicated collection of Rhône grape varieties, Anna’s mountainous 48 acres are divided between six red varieties, planted between 2001 and 2004 along a steep south facing ridge, and 4 lower elevation white varieties planted in 2007. Red varieties benefit from ideal sun exposure and exhibit the nuanced flavors of their elevated mountain site in Paso Robles' Adelaida District. At between 1,595 and 1,935 feet in elevation, the red varieties lie on an extreme 30 degree slope rooted in devigorating calcareous shale sub soils. At 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean, the afternoon marine air flow accentuates a dramatic 40-50 degree diurnal temperature cool down. The white varieties lie at the lowest point of the vineyard, 1,595 feet, which promotes a pooling of the cool air. All vines, on drip, are planted on lime tolerant rootstock using a vertical shoot training system. Vine spacing is 4 feet between vines and 10 feet between rows, 1,089 vines/acre. Yields are maintained at 2 tons/acre. Vines are ENTAV certified, the 15 acres of Syrah being a diverse selection, divided into 5 vineyard blocks.

Vintage Notes

2015, the 4th year of a drought, continued the string of low rainfall seasons, however this steep mountainside location works well for the variety, particularly benefiting from the dramatic temperature swings of its south facing exposure and the afternoon blasts of cool coastal marine airflows.  A controlled watering regime, known as “deficit irrigation” added to vine stress and flavor enhancement.  Harvested in late August the fruit was hand sorted, whole cluster pressed, fermented primarily in neutral, previously used barrels (plus a small percentage in new oak), went through full malolactic and remained in barrel for nearly 1 year.  

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