2012 Santa Ynez Valley Estate Viognier
Viognier •Curtis Estate
California: Santa Barbara County: Santa Ynez Valley
Today’s Curtis Winery 2012 Santa Ynez Valley Estate Viognier comes to us from one of our favorite recently discovered winemakers, Ernst Storm. After tasting his Chardonnay recently, we are thrilled to offer another of his exceptional white wines.
This wine is layered and quite complex for a Viognier, very much crafted in the French style. By this, we mean that the herbal and terroir flavor components are given equal footing to the sweeter fruit aspects, and in our opinion, this wine is much the better for it. Elegant notes of white peach, apricot, and lime are balanced by hints of fennel leaf and jasmine, resulting in a wine that is at home both sipped on the porch and paired with a hearty meal. Many on our tasting panel couldn’t wait to pair this wine, well-chilled (of course), with a summer afternoon by the pool.
At over 25% off, you aren’t likely to find such a fantastic Viognier at this budget friendly price very often. Be sure to stock up for summer!
A super pale, almost straw yellow throughout the glass.
Lovely and aromatic, with fresh fruit notes of Meyer lemon, white peach, and lime zest, accompanied by white flower petals, honeysuckle, and fennel leaf.
More French in manner on the flavor profile, with just-ripened Kaffir lime, white peach, apricot, and rose petal balanced by a strong herbal component of fennel leaf and jasmine.
Very reserved and elegant on the finish, with a lovely tart, crisp acidity that would be perfectly placed on a warm summer day.
A simple chicken liver pate, served with crackers, jam and sea salt.
What the Winery Says
- Ernst Storm
- Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara County, California
- 6 months French oak upright (50%) & Stainless steel (50%)