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While still distinct, this style is subtle and elegant as opposed to the intense perfume that typifies Viognier. This wine is weighty, yet lean and crisp, with a fantastically textured palate followed by a long, lingering finish.
Grafted over in 2011, we have 1 acre of Viognier in our Estate Vineyard. Our clones are Tablas Creek cuttings from the famed Chateau de Beaucastel in the Chateauneuf-du-Pape AOC. Our climate is very similar to that of the Southern Rhone, with cool night time Delta breezes that help us retain acidity while also providing an excellent balance of fruit. This year, a hot spell had us moving quick to pick in order to preserve these qualities. The good news is the promising start to the season gave us higher yields than both 2020 and 2021.
All of our grapes are hand-picked and immediately pressed as whole clusters to capture the fresh, flavorful Viognier character. The grapes were harvested in the early morning to keep acidity at its highest, providing the vibrancy in the wine. The juice is then cool fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks to highlight the pure fruit expressions
“Aquiesce Winery & Vineyards 2020 Lodi Mokelumne River Viognier: Susan Tipton’s masterful hand with white grapes traditionally associated with France’s Rhone Valley was recognized with remarkable consistency at the 2022 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competitions. Four of her white varietal wines topped their classes, with her mellifluous 2020 Viognier going all the way to win the competition’s award for best white wine on the strength of its honeysuckle perfume and tuneful suggestions of peach orchard. It outdistanced 16 other nominated whites for the top honor in the final round of voting.”
The sweet beets, salty almonds and tart goat cheese are a great pairing for our Viognier.View Recipe