Lichen Plank bottle

Lichen Plank

Viognier, 2014

From humble beginnings in the early 1970s in a chartreuse-lichen-covered barn overlooking their namesake vineyard, sailing friends Michael Benedict and Richard Sanford launched Santa Barbara’s wine industry, proving to skeptics that wine could thrive along California’s cool Central Coast. Although no longer owned by the two founders, the vineyard is the oldest in the Santa Rita Hills and considered one of California’s five top vineyards by Wine Enthusiast.

Profile

Lichen Plank Viognier from Sanford & Benedict Vineyard is a rich wine with buttery notes from fermentation and aging in oak.

Low
High
TANNIN
SWEETNESS
BODY
ACIDITY
APPEARANCE
Straw
APPEARANCE
Straw
FLAVORS & AROMAS
Basil
Butterscotch
Tangerine
Buttered toast

Pairing

Viognier’s perfumed aromas pair with equally aromatic meals from around the world, like Korean cuisine, ramen or other spicy meals, while its buttery notes are a natural complement to roast chicken.

TASTING TIP

Close your eyes while smelling wine. This frees you from focusing on what you see, allowing you to better identify flavors using only your imagination.

This dish has a complex flavor profile (sweet, spicy and toasty), so serve an aromatic white that'll harmonize the ingredients.

An aromatic white is always a safe, smart choice with the salty-sweet flavor combo of an Asian-style dish. Don't overthink it.

Fragrant curries are always sublime with an intensely aromatic white. Commit this pairing to memory, and it'll serve you well.

Curries are always sublime with an intensely aromatic white. It's a delight to smell the food and wine, never mind consume them.

An aromatic white will help balance the dish's spicy-sweet flavor combo beautifully. Commit this pairing to memory.

White with a burger? Yes—this one's all about spicy heat. A light, aromatic wine will tame it and meld it with the sweet mayo.

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More About The Wine

The soil and climate of the Santa Rita Hills resemble those of the northern Rhône Valley in France, so grapes such as Viognier, grown in the Rhône, also thrive here. The growing season lasts more than a month longer than in other California grape-growing regions because it doesn’t rain much in the summer, and frosts are rare.

DID YOU KNOW?

The current winery, made with more than 180,000 handmade adobe blocks, is believed to be the largest handmade-adobe construction in California since the Spanish missions were built.

  • VARIETY
    Viognier
  • VINTAGE
    2014
  • VINEYARD
    Sanford & Benedict Vineyard
  • APPELLATION REGION, STATE
    Santa Rita Hills, California
  • OAK
    Neutral French oak
  • SOIL
    Chert loam
  • ALCOHOL
    14.4%
  • FARMING
    Conventional

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