“A dense, creamy viognier with sliced apples and peaches and some citrus. Waxy, too. Full-bodied, layered and beautiful. Drink now.” - James Suckling, February 2020
"The 2018 Viognier gives up seriously spicy notes of nutmeg, coriander seed and star anise with a core of baked pears, ripe apricots, honeysuckle and apple pie. Medium-bodied, the palate is wonderfully crisp and invigorating, pushing all that spicy perfume to a very long finish. 4,522 cases were made.” - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, August 13th, 2020
This wine has racing acidity and a steely minerality which adds to the wine's crispness and complexity. Layers of white peach, hints of lemon grass and raw almond, are plentiful on the palate, leading to a very long elegant, delicately floral spiced finish.
The Napa Valley region enjoyed a stunning, near picture-perfect 2018 growing season including good winter rains, mild spring weather and steady temperatures throughout that allowed for even flowering and bud break. These ideal growing conditions were followed by a cool, even and slow-paced harvest which allowed the winery to vinify wines at a gentle pace. The resulting 2018 wines are of very high quality with concentrated flavors, color and excellent acidity.
Our Viognier is sourced from three select vineyards in the Oak Knoll and Carneros AVAs. Located in the southern part of Napa Valley, these cooler vineyards are optimal for growing Viognier, providing sufficient sun exposure for ripening and cool marine fog for maintaining natural acidity. The Viognier planted at these Oak Knoll and Carneros vineyards showcase flavor complexity and refined aromatic expression ideal for our bottling.
The beauty of Viognier is captured in its freshness, and the traditional techniques used by Winemaker Christophe Paubert preserve that splendor. Harvested by hand, the fruit was whole-cluster pressed and fermented in neutral French oak barrels. It was then aged on the lees and stirred every week for four months. This wine does not go through malolactic fermentation, which helped to preserve the delicate floral aromas, fruit freshness and balanced acidity. Varietal Composition: 100% Viognier
For Christophe Paubert, Winemaker and General Manager at Stags’ Leap Winery, the identity of a wine is found through the terroir. Christophe’s career has spanned the industry from sales to winemaking, and his impressive background includes positions at Chateau d’Yquem and Gruaud-Larose as well as projects in Chile, Spain and Washington State. But it was the terroir of Stags’ Leap that drew him to California.
|Oak Treatment||100% Neutral French Oak|
|Case Production||4522 cases|