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2022 Viognier, Bien Nacido Vineyard
SANTA MARIA VALLEY AVA | SANTA BARBARA COUNTY
Our Viognier is grown at Bien Nacido Vineyard in the Santa Maria Valley. This cool-climate site gives us ripe fruit while maintaining high natural acidity. Classic Viognier aromatics of star jasmine, white peach, and honeysuckle. Fleshy on the palate, showing apricot and passionfruit. Malolactic fermentation was blocked after 50% to maintain freshness in the wine. A vivacious finish, with lingering flavors of citrus zest and ginger.
Jeb Dunnuck ~ Orange blossom, honeyed apricot, and sappy flower notes all emerge from the 2022 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard, a fruit-forward, juicy, nicely balanced, delicious Viognier that will be incredibly versatile on the dinner table. It's best drunk in its youth. — Jeb Dunnuck
2021 Viognier, Bien Nacido Vineyard
Jeb Dunnuck 93 points ~ Just a great example of the variety, the 2021 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard is all varietal and spent 6 months in a combination of neutral French oak and stainless steel. It has bright citrus and tart peach fruits to go with a medium-bodied, vibrant, fresh, yet still classic Viognier style on the palate that brings both richness and freshness. It's one of the best examples of the variety from California. — Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous 92 points ~ The 2021 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard is gorgeous. Apricot, ginger, spice and chamomile all grace this super expressive Viognier. The 2021 is deeply flavorful and rich, but not at all heavy. Terrific. Drinking window 2022-2026. — Antonio Galloni
Wine Enthusiast 91 points ~ Aromas of baked lemon, light honey and a touch of grass hit the nose on this bottling. There's a compellingly chalky grip to the palate, which is bright and tart with citrus-flesh and pith flavors making for a lively wine. — Matt Kettmann
2020 Viognier, Bien Nacido Vineyard
Jeb Dunnuck 90 Points ~ The 2020 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard, which is 100% Viognier, it has some classic varietal richness and viscosity as well as honeyed tangerine and peach fruits, some salty, mineral-like nuances, a good sense of freshness, and a clean finish. It's well made and an outstanding expression of this variety. — Jeb Dunnuck
Vinous 91 points ~ The 2020 Viognier Bien Nacido Vineyard is a very pretty wine to drink now and over the next few years. Orchard fruit, lime, white flowers, and mint give the 2020 an attractive top register of brightness. This is an especially fresh, vibrant style of Viognier. Drinking window 2021-2025. — Antonio Galloni