2016 Terroir Viognier
The Hogue Cellars winemakers craft the Terroir line to showcase wines that are unique as varietals and that express the singularity of esteemed vineyard sites in Washington State. Made in limited quantities, these wines are sold only at the winery tasting room and by mail.
The 2016 Viognier opens with aromas of peach, pear, and exotic fruits and fresh floral notes. The flavors are clean and crisp with soft acidity. The wine is very slightly sweet and pairs well with lightly oily seafood, spicy Asian cuisine, or goat cheese. It is also delicious enjoyed alone as an aperitif.
VINTAGE AND VINEYARDS
The 2016 growing season was once again early and warm. The heat came in early June and stayed until September. Accustomed to hot and dry growing conditions, Viognier flavors do not develop fully until the fruit has reached at least 24° Brix, so it is necessary to hang the grapes longer than what is usual for other white varieties. The grapes were harvested exclusively from Wahluke Slope, from the premier Fries Vineyard. Washington State is known for its great aromatic white wines, and the dry style Viognier stands out from the crowd.
The grapes were harvested at night or in the early morning to preserve fresh flavors. The wine was pressed without crushing or destemming. It was then fermented in stainless steel where it spent the remainder of its maturation until bottling in April 2017.
Harvest Date: September 20, 2016
Appellation: Fries Vineyard, Wahluke Slope
Varietal Percentage: 100% Viognier
Brix at Harvest: 25.6°
Case Production: 140