2019 Viognier

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2019 Viognier
2019 Viognier
Tasting notes

With deep yellow-tinged gold color in the glass, our 2019 Sculpterra Viognier offers orange blossoms, white peach, cantaloupe and citrus grapefruit flavors with a hint of sweet spice on the nose. The palate offers much of the same with tantalizing textures of matched acidity, and ends with a lingering finish. Strong aromas of marigold and pear mingle perfectly with warm almost earthy spice, gently gripping and finishing with tangy acidity. Overall, it’s an instant Sculpterra classic; it’s exuberant and perfumed, and fills the air with aromas of tropical goodness while ending with sufficient weight and textures. This delightful wine should drink well through 2025. 

Production notes

All fruit was whole-berry pressed and processed at low PSI, resulting in gentle extraction of the juice prior to cold soak and the fermentation stage. The wine fermented at 57 degrees F for just over thirty days. This cold and long fermentation preserved the grapes’ inherit fruity taste and delicate character. The wine aged in 100% stainless tanks; no oak barrels were used in the production of this wine. The wine was not allowed to go through Malo-Lactic fermentation; therefore, the acid is crisp, tart and highly refreshing. In total 707 cases were bottled on March 18, 2020 and we bottled using screw cap closures. We deliberately selected screw caps because of their inherent ability to keep the wine tasting fresh and fruity during bottle aging. I believe this wine is best enjoyed young, but certainly it can and will age over time. It will develop slightly oxidized bouquets of caramelized pear and subtle butterscotch during its future years of aging. 

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Varietal Composition100 % Viognier
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardFrankel Family Estate & Sukhy Home Ranch
Acid0.69 g/100 ml
Residual Sugar0.85 g/100ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/18/2020
Cases Produced707

2019 marked our twelfth vintage crafting amazing and scrumptious Viognier! The flavors are dominated by peach, grapefruit, white flower petals and even hints of mineral earth. In fact, I would say that 2019 was our best growing season in the vineyard’s history! Over 20 inches of off-season rain greatly aided in the cleansing of the soils, replenishing the ground water and creating lengthy shoots with hefty crop load. The vines are vertical shoot spur pruned, and guide wires pin up both sides of the vine canopy, exposing the fruit to ample sunlight and airflow. Our vineyard team leaf-pulled and cluster-thinned in certain sections of the vineyard, translating into uniformity throughout the vineyard’s landscape. The vineyard has a terrific combination of clay-loam soils with areas of gravel and small stone. We irrigated only when needed, keeping weeds down with hand crews and monitoring the fruit weekly before picking in the middle of September 2019.

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