2019 Buoncristiani Napa Valley Viognier
The Buoncristiani Brothers proudly present this vintage 2019 release of Napa Valley Viognier sourced from Stagecoach Vineyards in a block known as Rattlesnake Ridge. Harvest timing was essential, allowing for full flavor development and phenolic maturity of the skins.
Once the desired flavors were at their peak, the fruit was hand harvested in the early cold morning and gently whole cluster pressed. The juice was then slowly fermented by both native and specially selected yeast in a combination of small stainless steel drums and neutral French oak barrels. Upon dryness, barrel stirring of the lees commenced to increase the complexity of the aromas and mouthfeel. Malolactic activity was suppressed so as to preserve the true Viognier aromas and flavors and maintain the crisp acidity in the finish. The multiple barrel and stainless steel components were then blended and bottled after 8 months of sur lie aging.
The ultra complex aroma profile of this wine exhibits layers of fresh white peaches, caramelized apricots, honeysuckle, orange blossom, subtle vanilla, and sweet spices. Flavors on the palate mirror white stone fruits, minerals, and exotic spices with a full body, vibrant acidity, and a long lingering finish.