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Callaway Viognier 2000

Viognier from California
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    Winemaker Notes

    The exotic Viognier grape of the Rhone Valley is the source of the legendary wines of Condrieu and Chateau Grillet. Our Viognier vines are planted in extremely well-drained soils, stressing the vines to produce concentrated varietal character — most often described as floral, aromatic and spicy. We capture this delicate varietal character by handling the fruit very gently, with a light press and a long, cold fermentation.

    We choose not to age this wine in oak in order to retain all the elegant orange blossom, peach and apricot flavors. Complex and full-bodied, our Viognier offers rich peach and nectarine flavors followed by elegantly spicy, perfumed aromas. Serve with light salads, fresh pasta dish, or even Chinese takeout. Also wonderful with Thanksgiving Dinner.

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    Callaway Vineyard

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    Callaway Vineyard, California
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    Callaway Vineyard & Winery was founded in 1969, when Ely Callaway and veteran viniculturist John Moramarco planted their first 105 acres of vineyard in Temecula, California. Temecula is 60 miles northeast of San Diego and has a unique microclimate created by the ocean breezes of the Pacific Ocean only 22 air miles away. The growing environment is similar to the coastal wine producing regions of Central and Northern California. The soils of the valley are made of decomposed granite, and are Phylloxera-free. This allows Callaway to plant vines on their own, native vinifera roots - a rarity in California.

    In 2000, Callaway expanded its grape sourcing to include all of California's prime Coastal winegrowing regions and shifted the entire brand to Callaway Coastal. With these new coastal vineyards, cooling ocean winds and fog moderate temperatures during the growing season, lengthening the time on the vine and producing fruit with concentrated varietal character and lively acidity. Callaway Coastal wines include Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot; as well as three Coastal Reserve limited production wines, Chardonnay, Merlot and Viognier. Callaway Coastal wines offer crisp, fresh fruit character and subtle complexity -- great with today's inventive, flavorful food styles.

    California

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    Responsible for the vast majority of American wine production, if California were a country, it would be the world’s fourth largest wine-producing nation. The state’s diverse terrain and microclimates allow for an incredible range of wine styles, and unlike tradition-bound Europe, experimentation is more than welcome here. Wineries range from tiny, family-owned boutiques to massive corporations, and price and production are equally varied. Plenty of inexpensive bulk wine is made in the Central Valley area, while Napa Valley is responsible for some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive “cult” wines.

    Each American Viticultural Area (AVA) and sub-AVA of has its own distinct personality, allowing California to produce wine of every fashion: from bone dry to unctuously sweet, still to sparkling, light and fresh to rich and full-bodied. In the Napa Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc dominate vineyard acreage. Sonoma County is best known for Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel. The Central Coast has carved out a niche with Rhône Blends blends based on Grenache and Syrah, while Mendocino has found success with cool climate varieties such as Pinot noir, Riesling and Gewürztraminer. With all the diversity that California has to offer, any wine lover will find something to get excited about here.

    Viognier

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    Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône, and the only one allowed in Condrieu and neighboring monopole (an entire appellation dedicated to just one winery), Château Grillet. It is also a blending variety in several appellations throughout the entire Rhône Valley. Viognier is grown throughout much of the rest of the wine world with some degree of success. Look for great New World examples from California, Chile, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.

    In the Glass

    This is an aromatic variety making rich, complex and full-bodied white wines redolent of a full bouquet of flowers, stone and tropical fruits and a dash of spice. It is lower in acidity than most white wines, lending to its heavy impression on the palate. While a whiff of Viognier might suggest sweet flavors, these wines are typically quite dry.

    Perfect Pairings

    Viognier is an intense, bold variety that can easily stand up to hearty food like pork loin with apricot stuffing, roasted chicken or chicken Kiev.

    Sommelier Secret

    While Viognier is a white grape, it also plays an important role in the red wines of Côte Rôtie in the northern Rhône. About 5% Viognier is typically co-fermented with the Syrah in order to stabilize the color, and as an added benefit, add a subtle perfume.

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