Cline Cellars North Coast Viognier 2018
Wonderfully fragrant with notes of pithy stone fruits, bright jasmine and honeysuckle. The palate follows through with a richness of fruit including ripe peach and apricot. The finish is given finesse by the refreshing acidity.
Fred Cline specialises in growing Rhône varieties and giving them a modern twist, whilst maintaining their original character... and this one is a beauty!
Viognier is a tricky grape to grow in that it buds out early and is susceptible to frost. Also, it's thick skins require patience to get the full flavour potential of the grape. This varietal is mostly associated with the Northern Rhône Valley in France. Presumed to have arrived from Dalmatia and transported to the Rhone 1,700 years ago by Romans. There are only 2,000 acres of this variety in California at this time.
The vines for this wine bask in the sun during the day but the cool nights contribute to this Viognier's full-body weight and fresh acidity.