93pts Jeb Dunnuck
This estate also makes a brilliant Viognier, and their 2019 Viognier delivers the goods. Condrieu-like notes of honeyed pineapple, peach, apricot, flowers, and white flowers give way to a beautifully textured, medium to full-bodied, rich yet impeccably balanced white that's going to shine on the dinner table. It will easily pass undetected in a lineup of top Condrieu.
91pts Robert Parker's The Wine Advocate
The 2019 Viognier is a little youthfully mute to begin, soon unfurling to offer glimpses at fresh Bosc pears, ripe yellow apples and honey-drizzled white peaches with hints of lemongrass and allspice. The medium to full-bodied palate delivers a decadently creamy texture with a seamless backbone of freshness lifting all the spiced apples and pears flavors to a long finish.
This luscious wine exudes fragrances of peach, lemon zest, nectarine, gardenia and dried rose petal. The palate is round and balanced, possessing a delightful tension between the unctuous classically-viognier character upfront and a refreshing tingly verve on the long finish.
Farming viognier is no simple task. It is more susceptible than other grape varieties to vineyard woes including frost damage, springtime fungus, poor set and sunburn. To achieve a balanced vine canopy, we cane prune in a way unique to our viognier vines. Our vineyard crew spends much more time in each acre of viognier than they do in any acre of our cabernet sauvignon. The fruits of such labor in 2019 is a wine with gorgeous synergy between its various aromatic and structural components. The 2019 Viognier was fermented in entirely neutral French oak barrels (5 - 10 years old) and then aged on its lees, with periodic battonage, for four months prior to bottling on Valentine’s Day of 2020.