Vineyard and Region Information: Some years ago, John Allen budded over some of his Chardonnay to Alban 'The Knolls' Viognier using cuttings from our estate vineyard. There are only a couple of rows on a steep North-facing terrace, and often this fruit gets used in co-fermentations with Syrah. We have often felt that the granitic soils of Coastview would be ideally suited for Viognier whose birthplace in Condrieu is also dominated by granite soils.
Vintage Notes: 2016 was a beautiful vintage - good yields, a moderate growing season and decent weather through harvest - that allowed us to nail the pick dates perfectly and make wines with minimal intervention. Given the good yields, we decided that we had more Viognier than we needed for co-fermentation with the Syrah, so we whole cluster pressed it to make a varietal Viognier wine.
Wine Notes: The 2016 Coastview Vineyard Viognier is an exceptionally mineral driven Viognier with a nose of crushed white flowers, rocks and lemon meringue. The signature minerality of this wine carries over to the palate. It is alive and fresh on the palate with a complexity not typically found with Viognier. It is almost like rocks and flowers were crushed up together, and then finished with lemon zest.