Aromas of tangerine and orange peel on the nose are accented by notes of apricot, vanilla, honeysuckle and violets. Citrus flavors continue on the palate, joined by wild honey and white peach. The mid-palate has the weight and polish that is characteristic of classic Viognier, with crisp acidity showing on the long, pleasant finish.
Known for its floral aromatics and silky creaminess, Viognier is a food-friendly wine that evokes the tropics. Grown at higher elevations, the fruit thrives in the cooler climate. This is a classic Rhône-style Viognier from two vineyards in Oregon’s southern Rogue Valley: Fortmiller (52%) and Sundown (48%).
Vintage & Winemaking Notes
2015 was the earliest harvest in King Estate history. A dry, mild winter led to early bud break in mid- to late March, about two weeks ahead of normal. With minimal frost damage to worry about during winter, there was an abundance of fruit set by early June. Warm temperatures throughout spring and summer kept the vines ahead of their seasonal average maturation. A slight reprieve from the heat arrived around harvest and helped to preserve acidity and allowed for optimal flavor development. The fruit benefited from extended hang time and came in perfectly ripe.
The wine was fermented 25% in barrels and 75% in stainless steel before aging sur lie for five months. The barrel lot was aged in new French oak.
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Didn’t see any rats back there, (Sept offer) since it is a repeat, anybody that purchased then, want to do a rat on their purchase? Of course at this price, and my “summer wine on the lawn” supply is low, I’ll probably just order a case.
We picked up the earlier offer. For the price, it’s an easy buy and definitely a value. If I’m recalling correctly, this was one that I put in the “buy again” section of my memory. However, we’re pretty full up and still have 10 of these.
Bought a case back last time as a blind buy- I love viognier, but this wine is generic and dull - relatively full bodied but not much in the way of the floral notes that scream viognier. Opened another bottle of it by chance over last weekend to eat with wings – still dull.
@leroix Fortunately I still had some around, and just sayin’… I don’t see the “dull” at all. It’s actually quite exciting, I find. There is a lot there I find. I’m thinking of doing a volunteer rat report on it.
But you might be right it doesn’t scream viognier. It’s not that soft, slightly sweet character you might be thinking of. If anything I’m feeling almost some sauv blanc characteristics. spicy and bright up front, a surprising lingering finish behind. Was going to buy 1 more case but now I’m thinking 2. I found the box and only 6 left, I think I gave 2 to friends for tasting, meaning I must have consumed the other 4. So I guess that means I liked it. Gotta go back to using CellarTracker again but I’m kinda lazy and let it get out-of-date and then it’s hard to maintain it.
@SoSmellyAir Twist caps are the best! I’m so glad more quality winemakers are adopting it. The movement started about 25 years ago when Randall Graham of Bonny Doon put the twist cap first on his most expensive wine to prove a point.
All I’m reading here (and there) seems like a good buy - we love trying viogniers - it’d be nice if the Hawley came back but this sounds like an interesting side trip. In for a case …
@gtcharlie I still found 6 left but it’s only because the box was buried under other CaseMates cartons and I hadn’t got to sorting and properly shelving last year’s (oh wait it’s still last year for a few more days) loot.