This is our sixth vintage from the same vineyard in Lodi. Although we are a Sonoma County winery, the warmth of the growing conditions there are closer to the climatic conditions of the Southern Rhone Valley in France. Bill feels the Viognier grapes need more heat than we can get in Sonoma County to fully develop their varietal characteristics. He selected the Geneva clone of Viognier which imparts a less cloying perfumed aroma and more flavors of peaches and apricot to the wine. The wine was fermented in stainless steel to retain the purest expression of the grapes.
The wine's color is pale straw with green highlights while the aroma carries citrus and light jasmine scents. Flavors of honeysuckle and stone fruit are accented with hints of vanilla, pear and guava.