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Late Harvest Viognier 2014

Appellation: Clements Hills

Vineyard: 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 Juaquin 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: 2013 was another excellent growing year in Lodi & Clement Hills. In general conditions were almost ideal. While spring conditions were warm, summer saw relatively moderate temperatures creating conditions for great quality wines. Overall grape yields were normal to somewhat larger than normal.

Composition: 100% Viognier

Vinification: Grapes were hand sorted, gently crushed, then pressed and transferred to a stainless steel tank for fermentation using encapsulated yeast that was removed to stop fermentation at the desired level of sweetness.

Tasting Notes: Golden color with aromas of honey, straw, citrus and honeydew melons. On the palate this wine integrates melons, almonds, citrus and honey with a touch of vanilla and mild sweetness along with a medium body to arrive at a deliciously complex and balanced wine. Pair with fresh fruits and fruit tarts, light cookies or nuts. Serve well chilled.