Named in honor of Ron Melville’s mother, Verna’s vineyard in Los Alamos is planted to seven acres of viognier on very sandy and nutrient deficient soils and is a combination of Alban selection and clone 1. Slightly more extreme in both temperature and wind then our Sta. Rita Hills property, Verna’s vineyard has proven well-suited for growing this aromatic and exotic varietal. Upon immediate pressing, juice is transferred into neutral barrel and stainless steel tank with fermentation lasting three months at an average temperature of 45°F. Cold temperatures are employed to capture and enhance the fruit’s delicate nuances much like slowly cooking fish at 100? for eight hours instead of cooking at 450?for ten minutes. The subsequent cold storage also prohibited the onset of malolactic fermentation. The wine then remained on its lees without any disturbance for five months before being bottled in April. Yields were 3.9 tons/acre. 14.5% alcohol. 1575 cases.
Tasting Notes: Exotic aromas of grilled pineapple, macadamia, honeycomb and prickly pear mix with intriguing notes of ginger, sage, tuberose and yellow blossom. The rich mouthfeel expands on these components while maintaining a crisp and energizing finish.