Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier 2008
Viognier from Sonoma County, California
Our 2008 Viognier is the first release from a demanding vintage marked by a single event. With warm spring days leading to an early bud break, Mother Nature was in a generous mood as the 2008 growing season began. But on the night of April 20th, the temperature dropped into the 20's by 9:00 pm and remained there for the entire night. The resulting frost damage not only produced a very light crop, but caused the fruit set and veraison to be spread out over several weeks. Come September, the uneven ripening patterns stemming from that April night required our vineyard crew to pick the Viognier in multiple passes with just the ripe clusters being selected in each pass. The warm harvest conditions combined with the lean crop found us surveying the blocks multiple times each day in order that each pick be timed to perfection. Such intense focus led to harvested grapes of exceptional concentration, perfumey aromatics and a beautiful ripe fruit character. Upon tasting the finished wines, we knew our efforts had been rewarded!
The 2008 Viognier has an intensely heady bouquet of nectarine, lemon peel and lychee complemented by floral notes of lime blossom and honeysuckle. The mouth is supple with round, juicy flavors, soft acid and a syrupy texture that coats the mouth, leaving a spicy finish that lingers. As always, our Viognier is fermented in 2/3 neutral (5+ years old) barrels to impart texture without adding any oak flavor, while 1/3 is fermented in stainless steel to maintain the purity of this aromatic grape. Full bodied yet possessing plenty of finesse, it is the perfect accompaniment to a springtime afternoon.
The Wine Advocate - "The 2008 Viognier reveals plenty of honeysuckle, peach, and exotic fruit notes, medium to full body, good acidity, and surprising minerality (which is rarely found in California Viognier). Enjoy it over the next 1-2 years. "
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Pride Mountain Vineyards is situated on the Summit Ranch, one of Napa Valley's oldest grape producers atop Spring Mountain. With over 120 years of viticulture documented there, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased Summit Ranch and their first vintage premiered in 1991. Today, Pride Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and limited bottlings of Syrah and Sangiovese. View all Pride Mountain Vineyards Wines
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Twice as large as Napa in size, Sonoma County only makes about a half the amount of wine as her northeasterly neighbor. But Sonoma, with her size, is able to vouch for more diversity within her borders, including sub-AVAs that are climatically varied. The atmosphere of Sonoma is decidedly laid back and down home country style. But in wines, they are keeping up with the Joneses, or Napa-ites if you will. Grape varieties are more varied here, from Pinot Noir and Zinfandel to Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.
Notable FactsThe largest sub-AVAs of Sonoma include Dry Creek Valley, Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and Sonoma Valley. Each sub-AVA, with its own micro-climate, is unique in its grape varieties and styles of wine. Dry Creek makes a mean Zinfandel while Russian River produces stand up Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Alexander Valley makes some of the better Cabernet Sauvignons in the county and Sonoma Valley creates excellent wines from all the above varieties. Other grapes found throughout Sonoma include Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Syrah.
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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