The aromas are bright, clean and refreshing with notes of grapefruit, honeysuckle and lemon zest followed by touches of gravel and spring rain. The palate is layered with citrus rind, crisp apple, honeydew melon and minerality. The crisp acidity plays off the mid-weight of this refreshing yet textured wine.
With more than 20 years of experience working with Catie's Corner Vineyard, our winemaker, Chris Russi, has mastered the art of bringing out the unique characteristic of this lesser-known varietal. The Viognier grapes were hand-harvested in the cool of the night and whole cluster pressed to a stainless steel tank for overnight settling. After fermentation with a White Burgundy yeast strain, the wine was aged in stainless steel on its lees for seven months. Our focus is to highlight the fruit and floral notes, we achieve this by using only stainless steel and preventing malolactic fermentation, resulting in a lean, crisp finish.
Catie's Corner Vineyard is a unique and well-maintained vineyard in the Russian River Valley, planted with Viognier grapes over 35 years ago by Rick and Saralee Kunde. The vines are on a gradual slope, trellised high off the ground, and boast a gnarled appearance, yet continue to produce unparalleled quality. The site's gentle warming and cooling from coastal fog makes it ideal for growing Viognier, a varietal that requires an elongated growing season. The mostly Huichica loam soils coupled with the climate allow for the flavors and natural acidity to develop slowly, resulting in a wine with depth and complexity. The vineyard is certified sustainable and Fish Friendly Farming certified.