Viognier was grown for centuries in the Northern Rhone region of France where it flourished in the warm summers. This viognier is derived from the cooler climate of the Russian River Valley, which allows for long hang times. This varietal is well-known for its floral aromas, due to terpens which are also found in muscat and riesling wines.
Viognier needs to be handled with care during the winemaking process, from start to finish. The delicate floral juice of viognier is surrounded by an astringent skin, which can cause the wine to be bitter. Imagery whole berry pressand use only the free run juice to preserve the wine's beautiful delicacy. Cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks maintains the fragile flavors during fermentation.
Savory aromas of honey and stone fruit electrify the air for a substantial length of time. In the glass, the wine offers sweet white peach and tropical fruit flavors, while grapefruit and pineapple fill the middle palate. This wine's bright acids work in perfect balance with its sweet and zesty textures to make it an exceptional food wine. Pair with cured meats, such as a honey ham, or slow cooked root vegetables.
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