Tasting Note: Bright and fresh aromas of Meyer lemon, white peach, citrus blossom and wet stone leap out of the glass. The palate is clean and crisp with flavors of stone fruit, citrus rind and honeysuckle, the minerality prevails while the natural weight of the varietal adds a lush round finish. This versatile wine pairs beautifully with oysters, tuna tartar, ceviche, curry, and Mediterranean-influenced dishes.
Once hand harvested, the fruit was immediately transported to the winery where it was whole cluster pressed with no additions to a stainless steel tank for overnight settling. Once racked, the juice was inoculated with a select White Burgundy yeast strain and fermented dry. The wine was aged in stainless steel, on lees, for 7 months prior to bottling.
Viognier is an aromatic white from the northern region of the Rhone Valley in France. Our goal at Gregory James Wines is to allow the expression of the fruity and floral characters by only using stainless steel and no oak. Furthermore, we do not allow malolactic fermentation to occur in this wine to keep the lean, crisp finish and not allow for buttery, creamy characters.
The Catie’s Corner Vineyard was first planted in 1988 by Rich and Saralee Kunde, in the heart of the Russian River Valley, in Sonoma County. The consistent cycle of gentle warming and cooling from the coastal fog makes this site ideal for growing Viognier, a varietal that does best with an elongated growing season. This coupled with the mostly Huichica loam soils allows for the flavors and natural acidity to develop slowly to create a wine with great depth and complexity.