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Casey Flat Ranch Viognier 2014

Viognier from California
    14% ABV
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    14% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    Orange blossom, jasmine, and papaya with lime fill the glass. As the wine opens up it begins to show more apricot with a touch of minerality. The palate is long and focused with lasting acidity a touch of tannin on the finish.

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    Casey Flat Ranch

    Casey Flat Ranch

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    Casey Flat Ranch, California
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    Nestled high in the mountains of Northern California, adjacent to Napa County, Casey Flat Ranch is home to the Casey Flat Ranch Vineyards and a working Longhorn Cattle operation. The 24-acre vineyard originally planted in 2004 sits on a gentle slope and holds a combination of Bordeaux and Rhone varieties. The vineyard is sustainably cultivated, using materials and farming techniques that emphasize water and soil conservation. Climate conditions at the vineyard site are parallel to the Oakville/Rutherford appellations of the Napa Valley, located 22 miles to the west. Open Range wines reflect a spirit of adventure, exploration and discovery.

    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.

    EPC30114_2014 Item# 143093