2020 Héroe Viognier

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2020 Héroe Viognier
2020 Héroe Viognier
Tasting notes

2020 Héroe Viognier shows off wonderful flavors of stone fruits. It combines elements of minerality with subtle spice notes. Héroe wines are made to be ready to be opened upon bottling and this one is unquestionably a great tasting young wine! At first glance the wine is fairly fruit driven, but then it opens up into complex flavors of honeydew and apricots. Easy aromas of peach, nectarine and honeysuckle gather with lemon peel on the nose while the taste is very mouthwatering. Overall, the palate is fresh and youthful, offering slight apple and pear flavors above a persistent acidity that guides the mouthfeel. Drink now through 2021 for best tasting results. This Viognier will age and develop further bottle bouquets for years to come.

Production notes

2020 Héroe Viognier is a blend of two hand harvested vineyards; Frankel Family Estate and Sukhy Suran Home Ranch. We harvested both vineyards at night to ensure a cool pick of the grapes. The grapes were picked in half ton macro bins and transported to the winery at daybreak for immediate pressing and extracting of the juice. We lightly pressed the skin, not exceeding 1.5 bars, and the clear cold juice settled for 2 days before transferring and fermenting could begin. Yeast BA-11 was chosen to ferment the Sukhy Viognier lot for its ability to enhance varietal character and freshness. BA-11 also contributes a small amount of spice and earthy notes to the finished wine. Yeast ICVD-254 was used to ferment the Frankel Vineyards Viognier, and chosen primary for its ability to ferment high alcohol wines while bringing forth stone fruit and passion fruit flavors in the wine. The two lots fermented separate; then were combined in mid-December 2020. Bottling took place on February 23rd 2021 and it total 630 cases were bottled. 

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
Acid0.72 g/100 ml
Residual Sugar0.65 g/100 ml
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date02/23/2021
Cases Produced630

92 POINTS, Tasting Panel 

Sculpterra Winery 2020 Héroe Viognier, Paso Robles  


The name Héroe is a salute to the hard-working vineyard team, and this blend of two hand-harvested vineyards is a perfectly balanced white with aromas of white flowers and delicate scents of pear and lime. The palate releases more aromatics, as flavors of white melon, peach, and honeysuckle pour out. There are some creamy aspects, with a finish of salty minerality. 92

Sculpterra Winery has been producing Viognier since 2008 and the estate grown vines are hitting their prime years. The estate vineyard planted in 2005 is located on the northern block of the property and features north-south oriented rows. This 2020 Héroe Viognier shows off a myriad of classic stone fruit aromas like peach and nectarine. The mouthfeel is fantastic, soft, supple, round and smooth. Frankel Vineyard Estate vines contain cross-arms and are used on both sides of the vines canopy in order to pin off green shoots, exposing the fruit to plentiful sunlight and wind. Also, we sourced a portion of the fruit from Sukhy Suran Home Ranch off Creston Road in Paso Robles, also located in the “El Pomar” Sub AVA. Sukhy’s vines are planted in 2 x 4 foot spacing, making it one of the highest density vineyards in the area. The resulting grapes are concentrated and packed with high tone fruit characteristics. Héroe wines are dedicated to the vineyard and winemaking team at Sculpterra Winery. Year after year the soil is farmed by an amazing group of hard-working individuals, who truly have a love for the land.

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