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2017 Late Harvest Viognier, Bien Nacido Vineyard, 375 ml
SANTA BARBARA COUNTY | SANTA MARIA VALLEY AVA
Our 2017 Late Harvest Viognier comes from the Bien Nacido Vineyard in Santa Maria Valley. The last grapes we picked in 2017, 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.
The 2017 Viognier Late Harvest Bien Nacido Vineyard is gregariously scented of ginger, honeycomb, pineapple soufflé, peach cobbler and honeysuckle. Full-bodied, rich and fully sweet, it gives up tons of honeyed tropical fruits with just enough freshness to counter all that richness, finishing sticky and sweet. The price listed is for a 375-milliliter bottle. Drink date: 2019-2025. — Erin Brooks
The 2017 Viognier Late Harvest Bien Nacido Vineyard is a very pretty dessert wine laced with tangerine peel, hazelnut, dried flowers, chamomile and spice. Light on its feet and absolutely charming, the 2017 has so much to offer. The 125 grams of residual sugar are impeccably balanced. (375 ml) Drink 2019-2025. — Antonio Galloni
2014 Late Harvest Viognier, Bien Nacido Vineyard
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.
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.
Concentrated aromas of honey, golden raisin, date, jasmine and fig are lifted by a nutty walnut component that adds intrigue on the late harvest bottling. The viscous sip grabs hold of attention immediately, with buoyant and bright acidity holding up the honey and raisin flavors.