Initially planted to co-ferment Viognier with Syrah, Viognier has become a quiet favorite with the wine club. With only a few acres planted, the wine seldom makes it out into the world of distribution and sells out upon release. Like all of our wines at Stolpman, we aim to harvest Viognier for a bright, fresh, and energetic profile.
The 2020 vintage started with much needed late rain in March and April. The cold moisture pushed back bud break and set up an anticipated late harvest. Ripening then accelerated after late season heat waves. The early ripening Viognier doesn’t show any sign of the heat waves that preceded harvest, perhaps because of the deep root networks in the cool, damp limestone of these 24 year old vines.
Upbeat and summery, a good vibe wine with a ton of sunshine. A deep straw color in the glass that bursts with white flowers, ripe peach, and pear and kissed by honeysuckle. Subtle toast over the firm structure deep below the layers of fruit. Smooth and round with coating depth and a gently soft fine tannin and crispness on the finish.