Crafting a Viognier that performs a balancing act between freshness and richness has always been our goal. To achieve this requires an ideal terroir that produces beautifully ripe fruit, concentrated flavors and balanced acidity.
Whole cluster pressing captures the fruit at its freshest, while sur lie aging bolsters the full bodied, viscous finish. Aromas ranging from apricots, papaya, orange peel and wet stone to more floral expressions like honeysuckle and rose petal are mirrored on the palate.
This dry, elegant Viognier will develop well over many years.
Awards, Ratings, Reviews
Best of Class/Gold Medal, 2014 Pacific Rim Wine Competition
Silver Medal, Great Northwest Wine Competition
Recommended, Great Northwest Wine
"Southern Oregon has no trouble ripening Rhône varieties, and Earl Jones’ Fault Line Vineyards annually shines with Syrah and Viognier. Last year’s harvest came Sept. 19, which was more than two weeks earlier than 2012, which set the table for fanciful aromas of cotton candy, pineapple, pear, Golden Delicious apple, lemon zest and candy corn. Inside, the structure is brisk and dry with flavors of Gala apple and dried apricot, backed by minerality and citrus pith."
Fruit Source: Abacela’s Estate Fault Line Vineyards
Appellation: Umpqua Valley, Southern Oregon
Harvest Date: 19 September 2013
At harvest: Sugar; 25.6° Brix, pH; 3.59, TA; 6.59 grams/liter
Varietal Composition: Viognier 100%
At bottling: Sugar; nil
Cooperage: Stainless Steel
Bottling date: 26 February 2014
Alcohol: 14.9% by volume
Case Production: 249 (750 mL)