Terra d'Oro Chenin Blanc Viognier 2018
The Terra d’Oro 2018 Chenin Blanc and Viognier Blend displays a lovely straw color with hints of a green, iridescent hue in the glass. Engaging aromas of honeydew melon, cantaloupe, grapefruit, pear, strawberry, nectarines and spice give way to a clean midpalate with flavors of peaches and mango with hints of quince and nectarine. This wine is lively, refreshing and well-balanced, with crisp, bright acidity. For a delightful pairing, serve this wine with oysters on the half shell or with Asian cuisine.
Grapes for the Terra d’Oro 2018 Chenin Blanc and Viognier were hand-picked from select vineyards in northern California. Chenin Blanc, a versatile white grape variety, ranges from dry to very sweet and typically offers high acidity. These grapes came from the Clarksburg appellation in the Sacramento Delta, a region that is well-known for producing Chenin Blanc, thanks to the rich soils and maritime influence. The Viognier is also predominantly from Clarksburg and was fermented in two smaller lots in two different styles to add complex aromas and flavors. Viognier is most notably produced in Condrieu, an appellation in the Northern Rhône region of France. We blend Viognier into our Chenin Blanc to add a plush character to the wine.
During the winter leading up to the harvest of 2018, we received a lot of precipitation giving us incredibly vigorous and healthy vines to work with. After picking in early September, the grapes were brought into the winery to be processed. This wine was fermented and aged entirely in stainless steel, helping to capture the fresh varietal flavors and bright acidity.
Varietal Composition: 85% Chenin Blanc, 15% Viognier