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Wine Guide > Acacia Winery > Viognier Carneros

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Acacia Winery
Viognier

2005 Viognier Carneros
Acacia Vineyard

Each year at Acacia we make a very small amount of Viognier from our three-acre vineyard. At harvest the grapes are astringent and plain, but once fermentation begins, the juice in the barrel magically transforms. We whole-cluster press the grapes, followed by a long, slow fermentation in 90-gallon brandy casks. Once the primary fermentation is complete, we stop the malolactic fermentation as necessary to preserve the wine’s freshness and fruit.

The powerful nose speaks of white peach, pineapple, cinnamon, honeysuckle and vanilla. The palate shows a silky richness, turning to fresh apple, citrus, honeysuckle and tropical fruits on the long, exhilarating finish. This wine will do quite well on its own as an aperitif or will give exotic spice to pan-seared scallops in a citrus saffron beurre blanc.

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Rating: 99
Probably the best Viognier I've ever tasted. Was visiting the vineyard, joined the wine club, and was brought a tasting of the 2005 from the back room. Incredible. Bought 3 bottles. Wish I had bought 3 cases.
Reviewed by: Steve McDonald

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