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.
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.