Lindquist 2019 Viognier
Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard
This wine is 100% Viognier from the Sawyer Lindquist Vineyard in the Edna Valley, just south of San Luis Obispo. We planted this vineyard in 2005, and it has been farmed using Biodynamic farming practices, in 2009 it was Demeter Certified Biodynamic. This is a cool climate vineyard, and the Viognier is planted on a north by northwest hillside which accentuates the coolness even more.
Viognier is an early ripening varietal, and growing it in cool climate gives it maximum hang time with slower more even flavor development. The riper Viognier gets, the more aromatic it gets…and aromatics are an important aspect of Viognier’s charm. I find that many California winemakers get seduced by these aromatics, which can lead to riper, higher alcohol wines that can be a bit flabby and cloying.
Growing our Viognier in cool climate, we can dial in the balance and harvest the grapes before they get overripe. These grapes were harvested on September 8th at 23.2° brix, with 3.35 pH and 7.4 acidity…perfect balance with a freshness that I prefer, and alcohol on the lower side, which I also prefer.
The grapes were whole cluster pressed, the juice chilled overnight, and then transferred to neutral Francois Freres French oak barrels for complete barrel fermentation and complete malo. It was aged on the lees for 6 months, before racking, blending and bottling. Only 3 barrels of this special wine were bottled in April 2020. It is Demeter Certified Biodynamic Wine.
This is a classic cool climate style of Viognier. It displays nuanced aromatics of honeysuckle, peach and apricot, with the fresh acidity and minerality that you can achieve in this cool vineyard site. I think Viognier is at its best when it is young and fresh, I recommend drinking this wine over the next 3 years.