Cold Heaven bottle

Cold Heaven

Viognier, 2016

Most winemakers spend their careers doing two things: avoiding the finicky Viognier grape and clamoring for wine writers’ attention. Morgan Clendenen makes Viognier almost exclusively—such vibrant, intensely aromatic ones that she was the subject of a Wall Street Journal column by Bright Lights, Big City author Jay McInerney. Morgan says she just wants to make “cool-climate Viognier from California’s coolest vineyards,” but take it from McInerney: She’s making Viognier cool again.

Profile

Cold Heaven Viognier is the gold standard: powerful floral aromas, bright fruit flavors and a crisp finish. Achieving all three is hard even in France’s Rhône Valley, the Viognier grape’s home.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
APPEARANCE
Pale straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
White flowers
Orange peel
Lemon zest
Honeydew

Pairing

Intensely flavored, aromatic wines are as delightful to smell as they are to drink. These wines—such as Gewürztraminer, Viognier and some Rieslings—are naturally tasty with rustic fare from the places in Europe where the grapes grow, but they’re also a surefire hit with spicy, fragrant dishes like Thai green curry.

More About The Wine

Santa Ynez Valley is the largest wine region in Santa Barbara County. The valley runs east from Sta. Rita Hills, a cool area near the coast exposed to Pacific breezes. Santa Ynez is slightly warmer, so Viognier can ripen fully here—but it’s still chilly enough at night and in the morning to preserve the grapes’ bright freshness.

DID YOU KNOW?

Viognier is so difficult for winemakers to master because in cool climates the grapes don’t ripen quickly enough, and in warm climates the grapes ripen too quickly.

  • VARIETY
    Viognier
  • VINTAGE
    2016
  • VINEYARD
    Camp 4 Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Ynez Valley, California, USA
  • OAK
    Stainless steel & neutral oak
  • SOIL
    Various
  • ALCOHOL
    14.8%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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