Santa Ynez Valley
Drinkable upon release (Feb. 2018), 4 years ageability
16.5% (by weight)
2017 Viognier, “Vin de Glacière" (375ml)
Wine of the ice-box - 100% Viognier
$20.00 per bottle / $216.00 per case
$17.00 per bottle / $192.00 per case (Members)
On the nose, you will find the subtle suggestion of white flower, Mirabelle plum, as well as the honeyed character of apricot and an unnamed highly exotic tropical fruit. These flavors carry through to the palate, coupled with further elements of citrus peel and clove. While reasonably sweet (165 g. of residual sugar), the wine is not at all cloying in virtue of its impeccable acidity. The wine will of course work exceptionally well as a dessert wine, especially paired with fruit desserts, but for sublime elegance, consider it as an apéritif with foie gras, or if you’re averse to that concept, perhaps a rich trout mousse.
We were somewhat overdoon for a dessert wine in our line-up, and the Viognier grapes from Camp Four Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley were an excellent choice for this style.
Naturally high in sugar, as well naturally high in acid, we subjected the juice to cryoextraction, i.e. froze the grape must and separated the sweeter juice from the remaining ice, a slightly different methodology than what we deployed when making our “wines of the ice-box", lo so many years ago.
Food Pairing Notes
Apricot clafoutis with almonds. Creme brulee. Peach cobbler. Mirabelle plum tart. Pineapple upside down cake. Blue cheese, such as Pt. Reyes or Rogue River Blue (with stone fruit preserves wouldn’t hurt - we suggest our peche de vigne jelly). For a truly stellar blue cheese pairing, try Valley Ford's "Grazin' Girl" Gorgonzola Style Raw Cow's Milk Cheese on a coconut biscuit... Swoon.
Sugar Post-Freezing: 34° brix.