Aromas of peaches and
blossom and apricot greet you at the first introduction. Fruit
flavors of apricot
and peach are accented with spice. The wine is crisp and
rich with beautiful elegance and a very long finish.
The Mediterranean climate we enjoy on the North Coast, combined with
careful selection of the right rootstocks (101-14, 5C, 110R) and particularly
the aromatic Viognier Clone 642 that does well in the gravelly, loamy soils
of the region, brings us exceptional Viognier fruit even in challenging
Certified Organic by CCOF
Following an established Bonterra custom, we’ve layered a little Muscat into
the blend, adding to the exciting aroma of this wine. We followed our usual
style of fermenting in both stainless (65%) and barrel (35%), with no malolactic
fermentation. The wine is in oak for 6 months to gain a note of vanilla. Increasing
use of stainless and cold fermentation provides even fresher and
forward fruit that leaps from the glass.
What is wine? Some might say it’s a fine beverage meant for a glass. We won’t argue with that. But we at Bonterra believe that a wine should also be a perfect expression of the grape from which it’s made and the land on which those grapes are grown.
That belief informs everything we do here. It’s why we grow lavender, olives and hundreds of other plants in addition to grapes, and why chickens and sheep roam amongst our vines. It’s why you’ll see bird and owl boxes fixed atop scattered posts. All these small details help make our vines some of the strongest in the world, and that shows through in our wines. Because we know that diversity on our ranches is imperative for the health of our grapes and our ecosystem.
What is Bonterra wine? It’s a family of bright, fresh and balanced varietals just as they’re meant to be. Our organic growing approach creates grapes that are pure, vibrant and intense in flavor. This provides our winemakers with the very best fruit from which to work. From there it is simply about delivering the best expression of that fruit from our vines to your glass.