Our 2012 Smoking Loon Viognier displays explosive aromas of apricot, honey and mango fruit salad. Flavors of peach, cantaloupe and lime zest marry to make a wonderfully complex wine that closes with controlled dryness and acidity. This wine finishes with endless, palate-saturating fruit, which complement a variety of foods to create an instant favorite. Try pairing with steamed clams, shrimp with coconut rice or a piece of delectable lemon meringue pie! Serve slightly chilled to preserve the fruit characteristic of the wine.
The majority of the grapes used to make this wine were sourced from Clarksburg. The Clarksburg AVA is an up and coming wine region located in California’s Sacramento Delta. The area was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a microclimate which closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning vines experience nutrient-rich, yet sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures down 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions.
Having weathered two excessively cool and wet vintages in 2010 and 2011 which reduced yields and made it difficult for grapes to fully ripen, California winemakers had much to rejoice about in 2012. Across the Golden State, most wine regions enjoyed near idyllic conditions throughout the growing season resulting in a bountiful crop of picture perfect grapes across all varietals. A perfect spring bud break, followed by steady flowering, an even fruit set, and just the right amount of warm sunny days and cool foggy nights, ensured that grapes enjoyed the extended hang time needed to fully develop. The fruit that emerged was ideally balanced, richly structured and age worthy, with great color saturation, and sweet tannins.