(From 2013 Vintage) The Mediterranean climate we enjoy on the North Coast, combined with careful selection of the right rootstocks (101-14, 5C, 110R) and particularly the aromatic Viognier Clone 642 that does well in the gravelly, loamy soils in the region brings us exceptional Viognier fruit even in challenging growing seasons. Following an established Bonterra custom, we’ve layered a little Muscat into the blend, adding to the exciting aroma of this wine. We followed our usual style of fermenting in both stainless (70%) and barrel (30%), with no malolactic fermentation. The wine is in oak for 6 months to gain a note of vanilla. The increasing use of stainless and cold fermentation provides ever fresher and decidedly forward fruit that leaps from the glass.
(From 2000 Vintage) Color is radiant light yellow. Freshly cut peaches and apricot familiarity explodes in the nose, kissed by honeysuckle and intriguing floral notes with a hint of vanilla. The mouth reflects fresh peaches and cream with a robe of subtle vanilla.
Wine & Spirits(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 80.3/100 - As reviewed by Int'l Wine & Spirits Comp. on 11/01/06
Wine Spectator(From 2005 Vintage) Rating: 82/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/06
Wine Enthusiast(From 2000 Vintage)
Wine Spectator(From 2002 Vintage) Rating: 81/100 - As reviewed by Wine Spectator on 01/01/04