2017 Aequorea "Spanish Springs Vineyard" San Luis Obispo County Viognier SKU #1371248

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Winemaker's Notes: "Making Viognier is always such a challenge for me, in that I aim for a style so different than what is typically produced in California. Instead, I strive to make a Viognier that showcases what can be done with the variety on the extremes of the coast where it struggles to ripen. At only 2 miles from the ocean in Pismo Beach, Spanish Springs is on the edge of where Viognier can be grown. Super aromatic, floral, and loaded with brightness and minerality, the 2017 features a racy profile of white stone fruit, snappy citrus, freshly cut pineapple, and an amazing finish. The strong beam of natural acidity gives it freshness for days. Latin for "of the sea," Aequorea began as a search for vineyards on the westward side of the Santa Lucia Mountains, to sites that ventured closer to the ocean than any other sites in California. Here is where we knew we could create Pinot Noir and aromatic white wines from truly coastal terrior. Barrel fermented. Aged 6 months in 80% neutral French oak & 20% stainless steel, no malolactic fermentation. Drink now thru 2020. 141 cases produced."

Staff Reviews

  • Heather Vander Wall
    By: Heather Vander Wall
    K&L Staff Member
    I'm not a big fan of this varietal, but here is a wine that is changing my mind. This Viognier is grown in a vineyard right on the coast, with a view of the ocean, and you can tell that it is very much influenced by the place. The wine has pretty floral and white peach aromas, while on the palate it is crisp and clean without being astringent. It is fermented and aged in stainless steel and neutral barrels, and the wine sees no malolactic fermentation. This keeps the profile leaner and more focused than is typical in the varietal.


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