Cristom Vineyards 2016 Viognier
Eola-Amity Hills Willamette Valley
WTB Best Values 90 Rating
Cristom planted a little over an acre of Viognier in 1993 (and added another acre of Viognier adjacent to this in 2003). The choice to plant Viognier early on at Cristom was based on Steve Doerner's sucess with the grape in California. There is very little Viognier planted in the Willamette Valley with Cristom’s now 20-year-old vines likely standing as the oldest in the region. Barrel-fermented in a combination of neutral oak barrels and stainless steel. Full malolactic fermentation. The wine aged 11 months on its lees. Its peach blossom scents at first suggest a less aromatic varietal, but as the wine comes up in temperature its phenolic range seems to come to life, with flavors of pear, white flowers and white peach, guided by a firm, acidity-driven line. Serve with grilled seafood.
Buy this by the 6pk for $24.99 per bottle