2015 Flanagan Bennett Valley Viognier, Russian River Valley
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Flanagan makes this wine for one reason only: because it is awesome. This vineyard has been the source of one of Eric Flanagan's favorite Viognier in California for many years. Viognier has a tendency to go from not quite ripe to over-ripe very quickly. There is a narrow window where the grape has developed rich flavors but retains the bright acidity that makes the wine lively and attractive.
The nose has pretty tones of apricot and citrus. On the palate those inue and are completed by a beautiful note of white peach. The crisp acidity of the finish is a perfect balance to the pretty fruit. We produced 6 barrels with one new barrel and 5 once used barrels. The oak presence is minimal and the barrel fermentation more directed at texture development than at a flavor profile. This wine is another pillar in the argument that Bennett Valley should focus on Rhone Varieties.This is a quintessential Viognier and a lovely example of what the grape can do in California when it is well farmed, not over-ripe, andmade in a balanced way.
HARVEST DATE: Sept 5th
CASES PRODUCED: 293
RELEASE DATE: March 2016