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.
- Tasting Notes
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.
This was a vintage of great quality and concentration of flavors but very low yields. The sun and warmth of drought caused our grapevines to emerge early from winter dormancy. 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. Thankfully, the main part of the growing season was moderately warm. During verasion we dropped even more underripe clusters than usual, an extra sacrifice of quantity in the name of increased quality. Several 100F+ days in early September were followed by a dry harvest. The lower yields and slightly longer hang time led to an increased concentration of flavors in the wine.
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).
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.