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Vintage
2015
Delizia

2015 Delizia
Varietal Blend
Viognier 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
31.7° Brix
Alcohol
13.7
Cases Produced
35 (375ml)
Opt Consumption
2016-2026
Cooperage
Stainless Steel
Harvest Date
October 11, 2015
Bottling Date
Apr 2016
Release Date
Oct 2016

Our estate-grown late harvest Viognier is a lightly sweet and highly aromatic wine which pairs well with cheese or foie gras, or with a slightly sweet dessert course. Also very tasty as a before-dinner aperatif.  Comes in a 375ml bottle.

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Vineyard Profile: Estate Vineyard
Located on a mountainside high above Dry Creek Valley in Sonoma County, the rocky soils of Montemaggiore's estate vineyards produce intensely flavored grapes at naturally low yields. Using biodynamic practices and organic materials, we farm Paolo's Vineyard without chemical fertilizers, pesticides or herbicides.

2015 Vintage
A vintage of good quality but very low yields. The sun and warmth of drought caused our grapevines to emerge from winter dormancy early. In April and May, the critical pollination stage was excruciatingly slow, extended, and even interrupted—ultimately reducing the crop and causing unwanted variability in its ripeness. During verasion we dropped even more underripe clusters than usual, an extra sacrifice of quantity in the name of high quality.

Winemaker's Goal
Tanalizing aromatics of flowers and stone fruits make viognier an ideal varietal for late-harvest wines.  Add to that a light sweetness balanced by subtle acidity, and you have a decadent and versatile dessert wine called Delizia ("delight" in Italian).

Tasting Notes
The aroma of the 2015 Delizia bursts with ripe peach, apricot, orange zest, and honey with a hint of mango. On the palate, its sweetness (9% residual sugar) is balanced by a subtle acidity (9 g/L), all leading to a long-lasting finish.
Winemaking Notes
Harvested a month later than usual, the viognier grapes for our 2015 Delizia were picked early in the morning to retain their cool temperature. They were immediately pressed as whole clusters in a bladder press aided by some neutral rice hulls. After a hard pressing, the juice went into a stainless steel tank and fermented at cool temperatures (62°F). The fermentation was stopped when the wine had the right balance of sweetness, acidity, and alcohol. The wine was aged for 6 months in stainless steel before being filtered and put in 375ml bottles.

Food Pairings
Serve slightly chilled, but not ice cold.  The wine is designed to be served with foie gras and nutty cheeses, or before dinner as an aperitif. Also pairs well with lightly sweet desserts such as apricots, figs, cheesecake, crème brûlée, and pear tart. After opening, may be stored in the refrigerator for several days.

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Varietal Blend
Viognier 100%
Avg Sugar at Harvest
31.7° Brix
Alcohol
13.7
Cases Produced
35 (375ml)
Opt Consumption
2016-2026
Cooperage
Stainless Steel
Harvest Date
October 11, 2015
Bottling Date
Apr 2016
Release Date
Oct 2016