2019 Héroe Viognier

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2019 Héroe Viognier
2019 Héroe Viognier
Tasting notes

This 2019 Héroe Viognier is layered with stone fruits, wrapped in puckering acidity and ending with a brilliant and lingering finish. A wine dedicated to the Sculpterra vineyard team and winery workers, this vintage shows particularly strong notes of white peach, ripe cantaloupe, and an underlying taste of guava and tangerine. It also offers a unique taste of crisp honeydew along with floral accents. The palate is also firm with notes of minerality. Aromas show off white melon and key lime as well as pear nectar and honey. I even taste a subtle note of almond heightened by the wine’s rich textures. This wine will only get better with proper aeration and a few years of ageing. Best when enjoyed upon release and through 2022.

Production notes

The grapes were harvested in 2 lots, and picked overnight, hand sorted in the vineyard and transported with minimal movement. The fresh hand-picked grapes were brought to the winery in the early hours of the morning for immediate processing, keeping the grapes cold and fresh during the entire process. The fruit was whole berry bladder pressed at a low psi, pressing the fresh flavors of the clear juice. The juice cold settled for 2 days before eventually racking off lees and inculcation of yeast for fermentation to begin. The wine fermented in two portions: Frankel vineyards in one tank and Sukhy Suran vineyards in the other. This way the individuality of the vineyards shines through the wine, only improved when the wines were blended together post fermentation. The wine was blended in December 2019 and bottled in March 2020. 

Other notes

Héroe wines have been produced commercially at Sculpterra Winery and Sculpture Garden since 2012. Héroe celebrates the vineyard and winery workers; more specifically, the vineyard workers who are responsible for every operation at Sculpterra! Lugardo “Uga” Zatarian, featured on the front label of this bottle, is that man.  Uga worked eight years at Frankel Family Vineyards doing all sorts of jobs in the vineyard. His tireless efforts and dedication to farming excellence, like all the others who work in our vineyard, are the reason our wine taste so wonderful.  Uga retired in 2011 and this label honors the memory of his dedication to Sculpterra as he set a high standard!

Download Wine Notes
Varietal100% Viognier
AppellationPaso Robles
VineyardFrankel Family Vineyard
Harvest Date10/09/2019
Acid0.69 g/100 ml
Agingdrinkable now
Residual Sugar0.75 g/100 ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date03/18/2020
Cases Produced480

2019 Héroe Viognier is our best vintage of Viognier yet! Strong flavors of white peach, orange zest, and fragrant flowers dominate the palate. The taste is unmatched. Easy-to-drink textures meld wonderfully with fruity aromas and lingering bouquets.  2019 was a tremendous growing season for our vineyards. We received over 20 inches of rain, which greatly added in the cleansing of our soils and replenished the ground water basin in our area. The vines are hand manicured from pruning, leaf-pulling, shoot thinning and even cluster dropping. Only the best fruit makes the cut! Harvest was later than usual in 2019, making more complex and dense flavors in the resulting wine.

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