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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 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.
The Wine Advocate
"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. "
"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."
"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."
International Wine Cellar
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.
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 Facts...Read More About Central Coast
Viognier(vee-ohn-YAY) Viognier is best known for producing the rich, aromatic white wines of the Northern Rhone. Once a pricey commodity of the area, it's now much easier to find and drink. The perfumed grape creates wines of distinct aromas and flavors. Lower in acid and even lower yielding, Viognier kept to itself in Southern France until some traveling winemakers took hold of...Read More About Viognier
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