Spring 2018 àList Release
Much like Sparrow Estate Viognier, the 2017 Columbia Valley Viognier is quite nuanced. Longer hang time than 2016 allowed for more flavor development while maintaining acidity. White peach, jasmine are rounded out by the backbone of blanched almonds.
Every year, without fail, the tank during fermentation smells like a freshly carved pumpkin. We have no idea why this is the case. It cannot be the clone because we have the same clone from the same nursery at the Estate Vineyard (Fred). It must come from Boushey. It is one of the best things about harvest and always seems like an old friend coming for a visit. For the first time I think you can taste a hint of it in the finished wine. Just fills your heart with goodness like the Boushey’s who farm it.
There is more complexity to Sparrow this year. There are notes of earth which mix with the usual suspects of sweet peas, peach and orange blossoms. Take a deep breath after swallowing and you will find all the nooks and crannies of this wine. Enjoy!
Umm…why is your Grenache so light in color? Because traditionally, Grenache should be translucent enough to read your watch through it. As we have said in the past, do not be fooled by the color. There is quite a bit of skin and stem tannin holding the flavor of this Grenache. Layers of dried herbs like bay and rosemary sit on top the orange peel and cherry. The medium acidity offers a nice balance and finish.
Nose of smoked meat, soy sauce and crushed gravel. The smoked meat persists in the mouth, but accented by juniper berries, dried plum, blackberries and olives coat the palate. This wine begs for a lamb chop or steak. The stem and skin tannin bolster the medium acidity. As with most of our wines, please decant. Optimum drinking window is from 2020 to 2028.