Winemakers

John Wilson

Technical Data

Acidity
6.85 g/L - pH: 3.39

Alcohol
13.5%

Suggested Retail Price

$29.99

CATIE’S CORNER VINEYARD

Thomas George Estates

Estate Viogner 2013

Background

Founded in 2008, Thomas George Estates Winery is an artisan Russian River Valley producer of small lot, vineyard designated wines with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Thomas George Estates is run by the father-and-son team of Thomas and Jeremy Baker—who have dedicated themselves to establishing a world-class winery focused on site-specific Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays grown in the cool heart of the Russian River Valley. The essence of our winemaking philosophy is to respect and reflect in our wines their vineyard, varietal and vintage. To realize this vision, the Baker family has assembled an estate vineyard program that includes four distinct and coveted vineyards— Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch. Offering a diversity of microclimates, soil types, exposures, vine age and clonal material, these exceptional vineyard sites provide Thomas George Estates with a complex palette of fruit from which to craft its limited-production wines. These artisan wines are handmade in small lots in a style emphasizing balance, brightness and terroir inspired sophistication.

Appellation

Russian River Valley, California

Varietal Composition

100% Viognier

Vintage Notes

Richard Kunde’s Catie’s Corner Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and features clone 1 Viognier trained on a quadrilateral trellis system. The clusters were hand harvested on October 1 at 24.1 degrees brix when the fruity characteristics were at their peak and the berries just beginning to change to amber in color.

Winemaking

Richard Kunde’s Catie’s Corner Vineyard in the Russian River Valley and features clone 1 Viognier trained on a quadrilateral trellis system. The clusters were hand harvested on October 1 at 24.1 degrees brix when the fruity characteristics were at their peak and the berries just beginning to change to amber in color.

The fruit was pressed whole cluster to tank, the juice was settled at 42º F, then racked two days later. The juice was fermented and aged in tank and barrel. Malolactic conversion was inhibited. The lees were stirred once a month for four months.

Tasting Notes

This cool climate Viognier expresses bright flavors of lychee, rose petal, jasmine, tropical ocean mist, and sweet pumpkin spice. The fleshy pear mouth feel is complimented by floral oleander and lingering acidity. Drink now and cellar through 2020.

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