The 2022 season started with bud break on April 27th. The weather was cool in May and through June with flowering 2 weeks later than usual. August also had cooler than normal nights. Early September was wetter and cooler than normal but was followed by a return to seasonal norms up to the end of October. The vines were farmed sustainably with particular care and attention to canopy and water management. Harvest decisions were based on winemaker’s personal preference with particular attention to sugar/acid balance and flavor. The Viognier came from our Boulder City Vineyard. The vines were in their 19th leaf at harvest. Soils are well draining mixture of boulders, large rock, gravel and sand. The Viognier was harvested on two separate dates. October 6th and 14th.
The grapes were hand-picked, at peak ripeness, then destemmed and pressed after a short period of skin contact time. The juice was then allowed to settle before transferring to another stainless steel tank where the juice is inoculated with a select strain of yeast starting the temperature controlled fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine was racked off the lees several times over the next few months before finning, filtering and bottling.