Jaffurs Viognier 2009
Viognier from Central Coast, California
The 2009 Viognier, Santa Barbara County is again classic viognier in the Condrieu vein. This wine has great acidity and correct varietal aromatics. It combines the fruit from two vineyards: Refugio Vineyard fruit (23%) provided a lighter, floral-peach, mineral element to the wine. Bien Nacido Vineyard fruit (77%) adds body, glycerin, acid, and a burst of tropical and peach aromas. It was fermented in neutral, French barrels.
This wine pairs well with seafood - lobster, sole, shellfish.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2009 Viognier is striking in its juicy apricots, peaches, mint and lime peel. All of the elements are beautifully woven together in this rich, textured Viognier that achieves remarkable harmony while avoiding heaviness. This is impressive juice. The fruit was sourced from Bien Nacido (78%) and Refugio Ranch (22%). The wine was fermented and aged in neutral oak barrels. Anticipated maturity: 2011-2014. "
Wine Enthusiast - "Expresses Viognier’s ripe, exotically lush side, with strong flavors of tropical papayas and golden mangos, spicy tangerines, Key lime pie and tangy green apple jam flavors. Neutral oak gives a needed touch of creaminess, while a crisp burst of acidity provides clean balance. A beautiful, dry and versatile wine. "
James Suckling - "This is very perfumed with a mineral and peach character. Full-bodied, yet very agile and bright with fresh acidity, zesty, and a lemony, licorice aftertaste. Bright and clean."
International Wine Cellar - "Yellow-gold, with a hint of green. Spicy aromas of Meyer lemon, white peach, hazelnut and violet. Bright in the mouth, offering juicy tangerine and peach flavors and notes of lemon rind, white pepper, nougat and a waxy, honeyed nuance. A brisk but fleshy wine that finishes with lively citrus lift and energy."
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Jaffurs Wine Cellars Winery
Jaffurs Wine Cellars is dedicated to producing great Rhône varietal wines with a new-world independence. It is one of the newest wineries in Santa Barbara County. Owner/winemaker Craig Jaffurs, working out of the Central Coast Wine Warehouse in Santa Maria, produced his first wines during the 1994 harvest. During the 1999 harvest, production increased to 2500 cases including Syrah, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Viognier, and Roussanne. View all Jaffurs Wine Cellars Wines
About Central CoastView a map of Central Coast wineries
The largest of California's wine growing regions, the Central Coast produces the majority of California's wine. The district sprawls out, covering most of the vineyard land between San Francisco and Santa Barbara. Smaller sub-AVAs of the Central Coast include Monterey Bay, Paso Robles, Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Maria Valley, Santa Cruz Mountains and many others.
Notable FactsGrape varieties range from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. Some Central Coast wine is generic, bulk wine that contributes to the high production numbers of the area. But many winemakers and wineries, particular in some of the smaller AVAs, are small production artisans, creating unique and high-quality wine. The great thing about the Central Coast is its diversity - you're able to find a number of grape varieties and styles at a number of different price points.
About CaliforniaIt's not rare to see a wine's country of origin listed as "California." A country into itself in the wine world, California makes enough varieties and styles to match many European wine countries. It produces a diverse range of wines that span the quality spectrum.
The most famous of the California wine regions is Napa Valley, and these wines are certainly outstanding – but it's not as broad and diverse as its larger neighbor, Sonoma County. Down south, Santa Barbara's Santa Maria Valley is well-known for its Rhône blends, as well as cool-climate varieties like Pinot and Chardonnay. The Central Coast, the largest California AVA, has many different microclimates that lead to a wide range of wines with many sub-AVAs.
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Alcohol By Volume GuideMost wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.
Wine Style Guide
Light & Crisp
- Light to medium bodied wines that are high in acid and light to medium fruit. Typically no oak.
Fruity & Smooth
- Light to medium bodied wines with lots of juicy fruit, typically medium acid and medium oak.
Rich & Creamy
- Full bodied wines that have typically undergone malo-lactic fermentation and/or spent time in oak.