Viognier Chart 15

2015 Viogner

Appellation: Clements Hills, Lodi

Vineyard: Jose Morales Vineyard (formerly Bokides Ranch) –The Vineyard lies within the Clement Hills AVA which is located within the SE corner of the Lodi appellation. Clements Hills is characterized by rolling hills that emerge out of the San Joaquin Valley to form the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Clements Hills is distinguished by having different soils (loam and clay on top of granite and volcanic) with less vigor and is generally warmer with cooler nights and more rainfall than the West side of Lodi. The vines are approximately 15 years old and trellised.

Vintage: Although fairly significant rainfall during December of 2015 helped to ease some of the drought concerns, January had almost no rain. February had about 2 inches but still below average and March only about a ¼ of an inch. Some rain in April helped with the dry soil as did cool mornings and fog. The result was a longer bloom period and reduced berry set leading to smaller cluster size. Most of the growing season was characterized by warm days accompanied by cool nights. There were only 9 days above 100 degrees in 2015 in Lodi compared to 5 days in 2014 with average highs hovering around 90 degrees during June through September for both 2014 and 2015. Harvest again began a little on the early side and continued at a fairly rapid pace finishing up before the end of September. The 2015 yield was a little lower than the previous few years with very good quality grapes.

Composition: 100% Viognier

Vinification: The grapes went straight to press and then transferred to stainless steel tanks where it settled before being racked and then inoculated for fermentation with a Portuguese yeast isolate. After fermentation was complete, the wine was racked again and held in stainless steel until bottled the following April.

Tasting Notes: Pale golden in color, this viognier shows aromas of honeysuckle and citrus blossoms along with peaches and a bit of lychee fruit. It has a mild yet bright mouth feel that balances the richer aromas with flavors of fuji apples, peaches and hints of tropical fruit and a bit of lemon. Try with mussels steamed in a curried broth, an orange and thyme roasted chicken, a lobster roll or even a fried chicken sandwich.