K Vintners Art Den Hoed Viognier 2017
A shimmering yellow/green hue. Super salivating aromas of Asian pear, nectarine, crushed stone that give way to apple blossom, honeysuckle and an electrifying spine of minerality, anchoring the full palate of deliciousness
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From a site in the middle of Yakima Valley and seeing a shorter stint in barrel without malolactic fermentation, the 2017 Viognier Art DenHoed offers a vibrancy and freshness that's beautiful. Tart citrus, mint, crushed stone, and white flowers all emerge from this medium-bodied beauty that has real Viognier character and stays fresh and lively on the palate.
The 2017 Viognier Art DenHoed begins with a core of fresh flowers and juicy stone fruit with a waxy minerality onto the nose. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is fresh and zippy with a weighted mouthfeel and an elegant phenolic bitterness on the mid-palate, ending with a waxy, floral finish. 1,384 cases were produced, and this sells at a fair price.
Located at the base of the Blue Mountains in Walla Walla Washington, K Vintners opened its doors to the public on December 3rd, 2001. The property at 820 Mill Creek Road where the winery sits was homesteaded in 1853 with the adjacent farmhouse built in 1872. The winery grounds with Titus Creek flowing through the lawn and the old pioneer planted trees, is a little slice of heartland Americana. The Winemaker: He loves to drink wine! Charles Smith, proprietor and winemaker, comes to Walla Walla after 11 years in Scandanavia. Originally from northern California, he has been involved with wine personally and professionally his whole life. And did we forget to mention... he loves to drink wine! The Vineyards: K Vintners is producing wines from 2 distinctive viticultural zones: Wahluke Slope and Walla Walla Valley. Each of these areas are unique and awesome for Syrah and the Field Blends produced. In April '02 two seperate blocks of vineyards were planted to Syrah adjacent to the winery in the rocky dry creek beds that run through K Vintners property.
As the first recognized wine-growing region in the Pacific Northwest, Yakima Valley is centrally located within Washington’s vast Columbia Valley. The region also includes Washington’s oldest Cabernet Sauvignon vines, Otis Vineyard, planted in 1957, and Harrison Hill Vineyard, planted in 1963. Yakima Valley contains three smaller sub-regions: Rattlesnake Hills, Red Mountain, and Snipes Mountain and is ideal for both red and white wine production. In fact, Yakima Valley is Washington’s most diverse region, boasting more than 40 different grape varieties over about one hundred miles.
But its warmer locations yield a large proportion of Washington’s best Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. The finest Yakima Valley reds are jam-packed full of red cherry, currant, raspberry or blackberry fruit, as well as cocoa, herb, spice and savory notes, and exhibit a supple texture, great body, focus and length.
Full-figured and charmingly floral, Viognier is one of the most important white grapes of the northern Rhône where it is used both to produce single varietal wines and as an important blending grape. Look for great New World examples from California, Oregon, Washington and cooler parts of Australia.