“Mother Nature took me back to my winemaking roots in Washington State with a cold snap in winter 2017 that frosted out Viognier in Idaho. My former colleagues opened their vineyards to me and once again I realized how blessed I am to work in this great industry. Enjoy my spin on Viognier from my old stomping grounds; a highly aromatic wine, with great stone-fruit aromas, satisfying mid-palate texture and a long, fresh finish.”

– Melanie Krause, Winemaker

The Vintage

2017 was a tumultuous vintage for Snake River Valley wineries. A dramatic cold front with temperatures below -15 F during the previous January reduced the yields by about 70%. The Snake River Valley proceeded to have a year with temperatures slightly over the 20-year average, with Growing Degree Days topping out at 3100. For the grapes that survived the winter, quality was excellent with fresh aromatic white wines and rich red wines. Due to the reduced yield, we reached out to our neighbors in Columbia Valley to supplement our grape supply, where they had an average year in terms of heat accumulation (2600-3200) in the vineyards we sourced from. High snow and rainfall in both regions during the winter and spring led to increased canopy size, but careful viticultural practices and a warm summer counter-balanced the effect.

Tasting Notes

The flavors and aromas take you into stone fruit, with white peach and pear featured prominently along with honeysuckle. The body has good weight and the acid gives you a long and luxurious finish. This wine is summer in a glass!

Production Notes

The Dry Viognier was picked once the grapes matured to a medium ripe, stone fruit flavor profile. At the winery, the whole clusters were gently pressed at low pressure for 3.5 hours. The juice fermented in stainless steel tanks at low temperatures for 3 weeks. We filtered and bottled the wine in January 2017, just a few months after harvest in order to capture the freshest aromas in the glass.

The Vineyards

Gamache, Mercer, Mary Evyline, Dionysus

Pairing Suggestions

Try this Viognier with linguine and clam sauce or a beet and goat cheese salad.

When to Drink

Enjoy now and often!

Awards

2015- Gold Medal- Sunset International Wine Competition


Buy Now » FACT SHEET (PDF)