2017 Roussanne-Viognier

2017 Roussanne-Viognier
Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley

750 ml - $34.00

The microclimate at our home ranch is well suited for southern Rhône varietals - red and white both excelling equally - when combined with thoughtful vineyard management. Our mélange of Roussanne Viognier combines two assertive varieties into an expressive wine overflowing with aromatics and texture.

Roussanne is the "Goldilocks" of white varieties demanding much attention to canopy management and sun exposure. Viognier is a bit more obliging but still requires a careful eye through the growing cycle. Phased picking brought natural acid, alcohol balance, and layers of aromas/flavors. Whole-cluster pressing with limited controlled skin contact ensured balance. Cool fermentation with lees contact in both tank and barrel added mouthfeel texture and allowed natural settling minimizing wine handling prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation. The wines are given targeted air exposure through 500L puncheons.

These thick-skinned varieties bring a natural golden color to the wine. The bouquet is exotic spice, honey, and lemon meringue that flows beautifully to stone fruit flavors including white peach and apricot plus vanilla bean, lemon curd, orange blossom honey, and a hint of pencil shaving. Rhône whites perform well with bottle aging and this one is no exception. There's a rich mid-palate structure, natural tannins, punctuated acidity preserving the youthful grip, and a lengthy mineral-driven finish. One sip triggers your desire to pair this with food. We recommend roast chicken with truffle powder under the skin or your favorite curry sauce. It can punch back to any dish that has a little heat. Try it with anything you'd serve with a Chardonnay, you'll be pleasantly surprised. This wine will continue to be glorious through 2023-2025.

239 cases | Made with organically-grown grapes

90 points Wine Advocate

Technical Notes
APPELLATION Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
VINEYARDS 100% Wine Creek Ranch, Quivira's home vineyard, CCOF-certified organic
COMPOSITION 80% Roussanne, 20% Viognier

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