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2012 Melville Estate Verna's Santa Barbara County Viognier 750ml

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Golden yellow in color, pure exotic expressions of kiwi fruit, tangerine zest, green papaya and lime blossom emerge from the glass while notes of bruléed sugar, beeswax, kettle corn and marshmallow cream drift in the background. The mouthfeel is round and polished with bright acidity weaving through highlighting a full, yet elegant finish.
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2012 Melville Estate Verna's Santa Barbara County Viognier 750ml

Verna’s vineyard in Los Alamos is planted to seven acres of Viognier on sandy and nutrient deficient soils and is a combination of Alban selection and clone 1. Slightly warmer and windier then our Sta. Rita Hills property during the growing season, this estate has proven well-suited for growing this aromatic Rhone varietal. The fruit was gently whole cluster pressed, transferred to neutral barrels (5-20 year French oak), cold-fermented at 45°F for three months and prepared for bottling in late March. Cold fermentation, neutral vessels and the avoidance of malo-lactic fermentation were employed to retain the wine’s freshness and exotic expressions. Yields were a tiny 3.4 lbs/vine (3.1 tons/acre). 1,376 cases produced.

ROBERT PARKER RATING: 90

ROBERT PARKER REVIEW: A beautifully done Viognier that has both richness and freshness, the 2012 Viognier Estate Verna’s, which had no malolactic fermentation and spent three months in neutral barrel, offers up classic white peach, white flower, apricots and hints of honey blossom as well as medium-bodied, textured palate and a clean, focused finish. Drink this beauty over the coming year or two. Drink now-2014.

STEVE TANZAR RATING: 91

STEVE TANZAR REVIEW: Light yellow. Fresh lemon and peach aromas are complemented by notes of violet, white pepper and beeswax. Pliant, gently creamy citrus and pit flavors are enlivened by tangy minerality, which adds lift and nervy cut. A hint of succulent herbs comes up on the sharply focused, spicy finish, which lingers on. Quite racy for the variety, especially for a New World version.

WINE ENTHUSIAST REVIEW: Although this wine is dry, it’s satisfyingly rich with honeysuckle, apricot, orange, mango and peach flavors. Made without malolactic fermentation, its citrusy acidity heightens and brightens the fruit, giving it a clean mouthfeel and finish. This is the winery’s best Viognier in years.


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