This is our fourth vintage from the same vineyard in Lodi. Although we are Sonoma County based, the warmth of the growing conditions there are closer to the climatic conditions of the Southern Rhone Valley in France – the source of this ancient varietal. Bill feels the Viognier grapes need more heat than we can get in Sonoma County to fully develop their varietal characteristics. These are the Geneva clone of Viognier which impart less floral aromas and more flavors of peaches and apricot to the wine. For those unfamiliar with Viognier, we feel it has the best characteristics of a Chardonnay and a Riesling or Gewürztraminer in one! The wine was fermented in stainless steel. The resulting wine is fruity but dry with flavors of pears and nectarines.