2012 LATE HARVEST VIOGNIER
We planted Viognier on Stolpman Vineyards to conferment with Syrah a la Cote Rotie. In 2012 we left some fruit hanging on the vine in case Sashi chose to pick it with Syrah. As it turns out, Sashi opted to keep all of the Syrah lots monocepage, and Ruben waited until the Viognier raisined to pick for this Late Harvest bottling. This is only the second late harvest Viognier that we have made since the inaugural 2007 vintage.
Ideal conditions allowed the Viognier to dehydrate on the vine without any mold or mildew.
AT THE WINERY
Assistant Winemaker John Faulkner made the 2012 Late Viognier his baby, laboriously foot trodding the bins and carefully pressing the raisins to nurse out every drop of nectar. The fruit came in at 33 Brix or 176 grams of sugar per liter, extremely sweet. Due to such high sugars, this is the only wine of the vintage enoculated with yeast. John arrested fermentation leaving 20 grams of sugar per liter in the final prodcut. He then diligently maintained the barrels for the long elevage to create this smooth, opulent desert wine.
Poached Pear and caramel with hints of hazelnut and honey. Coating mouthfeel screams for cheese or a decadent dessert.
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