By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: http://stagsleap.com
While California has never been really known for “killer Viognier” there are a few producers in that state which seem to do a pretty good job with it. This 2011 Stags’ Leap does a good job of combing fruit, acid and some minerality.
- Vineyard sources: Oak Knoll and Carneros
- Varietal composition: 100% Viognier
- Alcohol: 14.1%
- Cooperage: 20% in Stainless Steel, 80% Neutral French Oak
- Production: 2,343 cases
- Price: $30
On the nose: Lemongrass, pineapple, honeydew, kiwi, grapefruit peel and peach.
On the palate: A very good-tasting combination of minerality, peach, and citrus. Spot-on acids combine with the fruit notes that help hold it together on the mid-palate which leads into a lingering, dry finish. My only real issue with it is that you can find one equally as good if not better from Washington State for under $20.