When it comes to making Viognier, we aim for a very different style than what is typically produced in California, showcasing what can be done with the variety on the extremes of the coast. 2020 was a banner year for our desired style, with a long, cool vintage that allowed us to pick late in the season. This year we chose to ferment in 33% in stainless steel and the remaining 66% in older French oak barrels, giving us a good balance of bright, fresh elements to go with the slightly more textured component of the oak-aged portion. Effusively aromatic, it bursts forth with notes of lemon curd, pineapple, white peach, crushed rocks, green banana, and ginger. The palate is bright and mineral driven, showcasing notes of lemon, white flowers, granny smith apple, pomelo, with a subtle briny character. It finishes taut and crisp, framed by its crunchy acidity.
Aequorea Viognier, Spanish Springs Vnyd San Luis Obispo County 2020
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