Vineyard and Region Information: The Brokentop Ranch vineyard sits on a ridge top overlooking the Monterey Bay at about 800 feet just a couple of miles from the bay. The cool site combined with poor soils produces a Viognier with fantastic minerality and crushed white flower aromatics. If you appreciate the more nuanced and elegant old world examples of Viognier, then this wine is for you.
Vintage Notes:/nThe 2019 growing season was preceded by a wet winter with several rainstorms spread out between November 2018 through end of May 2019, totaling around 70 inches in rain. Bud break was late due to the cold, wet soils, but an early June heat wave with temps >100F caused the vines and cover crops to take off. Despite a few late rain events, there was good weather for bloom and fruit set and the crop was above average. July and August were relatively cool, slowing veraison, then warming into September for nearly ideal weather for final ripening. In general, most picks began a bit later than normal (mid to late September). All together, a very good growing season.
Wine Notes: This wine pulls you right in - the clarity is sparkling, the aromatics haunting, and the texture on your palate downright silky and loaded with deliciousness. Classic stone fruit elements one expects with Viognier, along with a potpourri of citrus, floral and mineral notes. I would have to say if has a more hedonistic expression this vintage while maintaining elegance. This has to be one of the ‘wow’ wines of the release. Derek Brown grows some of the most nicely manicured and cared for 350 Viognier vines anywhere! The vineyard site at 700 feet not far from the Monterey Bay is exceptionally cool in most vintages. In our 2021 vintage, it may well be one of the last picked vineyards along with the estate Roussanne.