2021 The Tightrope Viognier
In hommage to Drew's older sister and co-owner, Tracie, the Tightrope Viognier is symbolic of her ability to balance her entrepreneurial ventures and raising three beautiful children with her husband Mike. She also prefers a cold glass of white wine after a long day.
The third edition of The Tightrope Viognier has a different look about it this vintage. We were afforded the luxury and opportunity to source our favorite white Rhone grape from a very special vineyard that is deeply rooted in the history of California grape growing- Sanford & Benedict Vineyard. Delicate aromatically and highly acidic on the pallet, we adjusted our thinking in the winery to best express the vineyard and attempt to make Mr. Sanford and Mr. Benedict proud. Fermented in once used French oak barriques, we opted for using wood to soften out the sharper edges of the pallet. We also, for the first time went full malolactic fermentation and enlisted the use of stirring lees, a process known as Batonnage, to further express creamy on the pallet. People don’t often talk about the range of Viognier, but it is just as flexible as its hometown friend Syrah. We are very excited to watch this wine age and develop over time.
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