2018 San Simeon Viognier Stefano Vineyard

Year: 2018
Appellation: Paso Robles
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 92
Wine Enthusiast: 88
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.9%
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"Powerful and elegant, featuring peach cobbler, ripe melon and dried apricot flavors that are rich and concentrated, set on a light and lithe frame, with bright and juicy acidity. Finishes with details of white flowers. Drink now. 2,000 cases made. -MW" (WS)

"Broad aromas of pear flesh and cut by Key lime pith on the nose of this bottling from a vineyard named after the family's patriarch, who recently passed away. The pleasant palate combines jasmine, honeysuckle and ripe peach flavors. -Matt Kettmann" (WE)

Winery Notes:
Along California’s Central Coast, the Paso Robles appellation of San Luis Obispo County provides an ideal climate for growing Viognier. A dry climate with warm days allows for complete maturation of the grapes and creates ripe fruit flavors. The maritime influence of the Pacific Ocean creates very cool nights, which preserve the natural acid balance of the grapes.

During 2018, the weather was ideal with a long growing season that provided great “hang time” for the grapes. Anthony Riboli and Arnaud Debons employtraditional techniques in their careful crafting of fine wines.

Our Viognier is fermented in stainless steel tanks at 55 ̊ F for several weeks.This long, cold fermentation process preserves the delicate flavors and aromas of this variety. Immediately after the fermentation, 12% of the wine was transferred to neutral French oak barrels in which the lees were stirred for several months to add texture and depth.

San Simeon Viognier is a bright, luscious wine with ripe peach flavors and tropical notes. The nose reveals bright floral aromas. Mineral notes expressthe rocky terroir of the vineyard. This structured and well-balanced wineshows a lengthy finish.

Ancient Origins: Viognier is thought to be an ancient grape from Croatia brought to the Rhône by the Romans.