After the demise of the 2011 due to frost, we are happy to have the Le Bon Climat back and in great order. Pale straw in color and absolute purity in the glass. This wine exudes floral aromas and incredible precise minerality on the palate. White peach, vanilla and a bright mineral acidity, that are indicative of the vineyard, the clonal selection makes this viognier a standout in a sea of California viognier. Should age well for at least 5 years.
Simply, THE most rare wine of the Cold Heaven line-up and a wine club exclusive.
For Years Cold Heaven has produced a late harvest viognier but not on a yearly basis. Only in years that would present the best fruit and conditions that would result in the best wine.
In 2013, long-time colleague, mentor, great friend, Kris Curran (former winemaker for Sea Smoke and current winemaker of Curran D’Alfonso) and I decided it would be fun to co-produce this wine solely for out greatest supporters, our greatest supporters, our wine club. It is also a culmination of the passion of two winemakers and our art but also the spirit of friends who simply wanted to make wine together, bounce ideas and have the experience it all entails.
We hope you enjoy drinking as much as we did making it.
200 cases in total produced
Santa Ynez Valley AVA
6 Week cold stainless steel fermentation.
50% barrel aged for 4 months in 2 year old French Hermitage barrels.
On the nose, toasted almonds, mature fruit wax, hard exotic spices and bee wax. On the palate, fresh fruits emerge with hints of grapefruit peel, juicy apricot, melon. Floral notes with delicate minerals complete the finish. There is a nice weight to the wine without being cloying. 100% dry with no residual sugar. Great with anything spicy!
Sonoma Coast Viognier is a very unique wine in that the 2012 and 2013 vintages were combined. The 2012 had very nice structure but lacked the depth of the 2013. This is due in part to the vineyard site being very young and it is my belief that Viognier vines produce more complexity as the vines age. The combination of these two vintages, make a more perfect and complete wine.
Production: 300 cases
Fermentation: Neutral French oak. 100% malo-lactic fermentation
Bottled: October 2014
Appellation: Sonoma County
Sonoma Coast Viognier is a non-vintage wine. It is a blend of 2012 and 2013 vintages