Bien Nacido Viognier

Hand harvested at night and whole cluster pressed. It was then barrel fermented with native yeast. Aging was sur lie for 4 months in 75% neutral French oak and 25% stainless steel.

Intensely floral with star jasmine, white Easter lilies, and squash blossoms. The fruit is exceptionally bright with greengage plum, white peach and tropical mango leaf. Great richness on a very suave palate means this wine is ready to drink now and all through the summer.

Vineyard Sites

Estate: Bien Nacido Vineyard
Appellation: Santa Maria Valley
County: Santa Barbara
Vyd Area: 600-900 Ft. Elevation. 16 Miles From The Pacific Ocean.

Varietal

Viognier

Vine Age

Planted in 2008

Yield

2.5 Tons Per Acre

Alcohol

14.0%

Cases

201

Points


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Soils

Elder and Chamise shaly loams with Pleasanton sandy loam. The vineyard has a great diversity of soils containing limestone, shale, uplifted marine volcanics and loam.

One of the more aromatic varieties planted at Bien Nacido. Our overall goal is to keep the balance of freshness that Santa Maria Valley can showcase, with the richness and intensity of the Viognier grape. Fermented entirely in neutral wood, the expressive star jasmine, guava, papaya, and perfume notes are preserved. We block malolactic fermentation entirely, to keep the mouthwatering acidity, and highlight the food friendliness of our Viognier. As one of the earlier bottled varieties at the Estate, this wine only ages for around 6 months before release, as opposed to the 16-18 months for the Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah.