Eagle & Rose Estate & Skyhawk Cellars
California: Napa Valley
What We Say
Mission Codename: Off the pedestal and into your glass
Operative: Agent Red
Objective: Locate a superior Napa Valley Viognier – and gently persuade the winery to let or Operatives pick it up at price of less than $20 per bottle
Mission Status: Accomplished!
Current Winery: Skyhawk Cellars
Wine Subject: 2005 Napa Valley Viognier
Winemaker: Norman Alumbaugh
Backgrounder: Springtime is upon us and its time once again for a great white wine. What better than a sweet and delicious Viognier? Today we send Agent White to Skyhawk Cellars, where he discovers a wonderful example. Read Agent Whites’s tasting notes and mission report below to learn why you’ll love this wine
Wine Spies Tasting Profile:
Look – Glittering gold to pale straw in color with a super tight surface, glistening edges and long, skinny legs
Smell – Beautifully aromatic with deep acacia, honeysuckle, honey, apricot, mango, pineapple, guava, fruit-loops cereal and freshly-mown hay
Feel – Cool and light, fast across the top of the tongue and then quickly mouth-coating, slightly tingly and gently tannic
Taste Delicious layers of tropical fruits, citrus, pear, peach, oak and vanilla with mildest cream
Finish -High and bright with a big tropical fruity sweetness that’s followed quickly by a slight tart dryness as the flavors linger on and on
Conclusion – What a delicious wine this is! Something of a surprise considering the lowish price of this wine. I tasted this wine freshly chilled and again later at closer to room temperature. The combination of time in the air and the slight warming of the wine allowed an additional smoothness and softer flavors to emerge. White wines are great cold, but I always encourage experimentation with regard to temp, stemware and time in the air. Please be sure to take advantage of today’s offer from this small-production winery – before we sell out!
On today’s mission I relied heavily on our newest asset, Codename: Mr. Brix, a honcho at Napa Valley wine destination, A Dozen Vintners. This wonderful venue showcases some of Napa Valley’s most delightful treasures and when I asked Mr. Brix to sleuth me out a fantastic Viognier for less than $20, he reached for today’s Skyhawk Cellars Napa Valley Viognier (Avg. Retail price, $26.00).
Mr. Brix called this wine a fresh and fruity delight. I trusted his judgment and when we popped open a bottle my senses were immediately rewarded. This is a wine with incredible aromatics, a great mouth-feel and balanced and delicious flavors.
This is a great wine. Like the last wine we featured from Skyhawk, this wine is under-priced. Your gain, and I won’t complain to the winery.
Mr. Brix told me that this wine was is hot-seller, especially this time of year with the weather warming. Mr. Brix was only able to secure a small quantity of this wine for our Operatives today so act fast and place your order – before we run out.
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About The Winery:
Eagle & Rose Estate is in Pope Valley, tucked in the Napa Valley’s legendary eastern hills. Founded by Norman Alumbaugh, the winery was built, extensive caves dug and the first vines were planted in 1995. Admiring the eagles which soared above their wild rose-covered valley, Alumbaugh’s wife, Evonne, suggested the name Eagle & Rose Estate.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing well.” His grandmother’s words have inspired Eagle & Rose Estate founder Norman Alumbaugh for a lifetime. Norman has been pursuing his passion for crafting exceptional wines. And as with all his endeavors, his goals are lofty and his commitment to the very best enduring. Eagle & Rose Estate is in Pope Valley, tucked in the Napa Valley’s legendary eastern hills. When Alumbaugh first discovered the picturesque valley in 1981, he knew it suited his dreams perfectly.
Once the world’s largest parachute training facility, the property not only had a landing strip, it had the ideal terroir for creating a world-class estate winery.
Admiring the eagles which soared above their wild rose-covered valley, Alumbaugh’s wife, Evonne, suggested the name Eagle & Rose Estate.
The winery was built, extensive caves dug and the first vines planted in 1995.