This wine is 100% Viognier from the Ibarra-Young Vineyard, just outside of Los Olivos in the heart of the Santa Ynez Valley. This is our 24th consecutive vintage of this wine beginning with the 1989 vintage...a special wine that we don't make very much of.
I like to pick Viognier on the early side of ripeness when it has refreshing acidity and balanced alcohol.The grapes were whole cluster pressed, chilled and settled overnight, then put directly into barrel for fermentation. I like to use 3 year old Francois Freres French oak barrels for Viognier - neutral but still fresh. The wine was aged on the lees for 5 months and went through complete malolactic fermentation.
This wine shows more of the mineral and citrus side of Viognier while still exhibiting classic white peach and honeysuckle aromas. This is a crisp, refreshing example of Viognier that works remarkably with many dishes. I like to recommend drinking Viognier young and fresh.