2014 Viognier, Late Harvest
Our 2012 Late Harvest Viognier comes from the Vogelzang Vineyard in Santa Ynez Valley’s warmest sub-region, the Happy Canyon AVA. The last grapes we picked in 2012, extended hang-time gave us exceptionally ripe fruit, perfect for this decadent dessert wine. Richly flavored, with dried apricot, guava, caramel and molasses, this wine is balanced with candied orange peel undertones and ample acidity. Finishes long and persistent. Drink on its own, with sharp blue cheeses, or with equally tempting desserts such as crème brulee or salted caramel budino.
2014 Late Harvest Viognier
Vinous 94 Points
The 2014 Viognier Late Harvest Bien Nacido Vineyard is sublime. The mid-October pick yielded a super-expressive Viognier laced with the essence of apricot jam, orange blossoms, chamomile, honey and vanillin. Gracious and utterly impeccable, the 2014 will drink well for at least another handful of years. — A.G.
Wine Advocate 94 Points
Lastly, readers shouldn’t miss the 2014 Viognier Late Harvest from this team. Coming all from the Bien Nacido Vineyard and harvested on the 21st of October, it was aged 18 months in 50% new French oak and there are just under 100 cases (375 ml bottles) made. Giving up gorgeous notes of honeyed fruits, caramelized peach and browned butter, this sweetly fruited, rich, decadent and full-bodied dessert wine is impeccably balanced, has lots of sweetness and a big finish. It will be hard to beat paired with a fruit tart or other sweet dessert. — J.D.
2012 Late Harvest Viognier
Wine Enthusiast 90 Points
Aromas of golden honey and concentrated white flowers entertain the nose on this dessert offering from the urban winery on Santa Barbara’s Eastside. Quite delicious and balanced once sipped, the viscous flavors blend honey, lemonade reduction and guava, with bright acidity keeping it nicely alive on the palate. — M.K.