Saddleback Cellars

2010 Viognier

Viognier

California: Clarksburg

Offer Expired:May 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm
$25.00
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Mission Briefing

Codename:

Saddle up for Summer

Soft, refreshing and quite elegant, today’s 2010 Saddleback Cellars Viognier is the perfect summertime companion. Enjoy this freshly delicious wine all on its own, on a hot summer day, or with a wide variety of foods.

Nils Venge was the first California winemaker to garner a perfect 100 point score and he has since gone on to win numerous record-beating scores and accolades. He has certainly earned our admiration. In fact, last year we named Nils our Winemaker of the Year.

Today’s delicious wine is highly recommended, but it is also in short supply. We secured every last bottle for you, so please act quickly if you love great white wines.

Tasting Profile

Look:

Vibrant and bright golden hues with perfectly even coloration from core to edge.

Smell:

Sweet and tart with floral notes of acacia, lychee flower as well as notes of green apple, lemongrass, pear, dried apricot, lychee fruit and a hint of minerality. Just a touch of white pepper spice at the end.

Taste:

Soft and smooth on entry with an initial rush of citrus, lemongrass, persimmon, underripe pear and granite. At the back palate, a subtle hint of dried herbs de Provence mixes with subtle white pepper.

Finish:

Very bright and medium-long with a viscous feel that coats the palate with stonefruit and a hint of white pepper and subtle minerals.

Pairing:

Enjoy this plush, elegant wine with a Salad Niçoise or a fruit and cheese plate.

What the Winery Says

2010 VIOGNIER

At the Baranek Family Vineyard there are only sixteen rows of well-cared of grapes that are planted in Clarksburg, a sleepy town located in the Sacramento Delta area. Sunny and hot in the summer with cool, breeze filled nights, it is an ideal location for growing Viognier.

Appellation
Clarksburg
Blend
93% Viognier, 7% Semillion
Ageing and Cooperage
Five months in 100% neutral Oak, 4-5 year old barrels
Alcohol
14.5%
Bottled
March 23rd, 2011
Released
April 2012
Cases Produced
328 cases
Harvest
We handpicked 7.7 tons of Viognier in the early morning from September 17th, 2010.
Average Sugar
23.5 BRIX
Acidity
0.60 g/100ml
pH
3.52 units
Fermentation and aging
After whole cluster pressing and cold settling, the clear juice was racked into small stainless steel fermenters and inoculated with QA-23 yeast. Fermentation ensued and remained temperature controlled for approximately two weeks at 52 degrees until the Brix reading dropped to two degrees. At this point, the fermenting wine was transferred to four and five year-old French 60 gallon oak barrels for completion of fermentation. Here it remained on the lees and stirred every two weeks while it aged for five months. The wine did not go through malo-latic fermentation.
Characteristics
An explosive aromatic nose full of stone fruit blossoms, lychee fruit, jasmine petals, and light honeysuckle. Stirring the lees two times a week over a five month period produced a full-bodied, viscous mouth-feel with notes of peach pie and nectarine, followed by a long lingering finish. A perfect accompaniment with Fish, Lobster, Chicken with Cream Sauce, Roasted Nuts, Curry, and Cheese.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
2013 American Fine Wine Competition, Boca Raton – Silver Medal

About the Winery

Here at Saddleback Cellars, we take every step to assure the highest quality wines from grape to bottle. Our goal is to produce wines that are true to their varietal and place; we limit production to only five to six thousand cases produced a year to further our goal on making truly hand-crafted wines of the highest quality. Winemaker owner Nils and Lars, our assistant winemaker, use traditional winemaking techniques to assure well balanced wines that are easy to drink young, and with the proper cellar conditions, the wines age with grace and beauty.

Since we are in the heart of Napa Valley, our first love is Cabernet Sauvignon and is the focal point of the winery; although we make a variety of wonderful wines both from our Estate Vineyard in Oakville along with many small lots of varietals from Northern California that include: Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Merlot and Zinfandel – and even smaller lots, made especially for our Posse Wine Club, which include: Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Charbono, Petite Sirah, Petite Verdot and Cabernet Franc to name of few.

Offer Expired:May 17, 2013 at 11:59 pm
$25.00
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