91 Insider Points
Spring white flowers on the nose, bruised apricot, ripe peaches. The bold expression from Russian rRver is definitive of the regional style of Viognier. Round rich mouth feel. Stone fruit driven, excellent French oak framework for a lingering finish. Drink now. -WB 3/17
Russian River Valley, CA
Fragrant and powerful Viognier is spun gold in the glass. And Windsor Oaks has the Midas touch with their 2012 Reserve Viognier.
The illustrious treasure of Rhone’s Condrieu shines brightly in Sonoma’s Russian River Valley. Here among the rolling hills which overlook the pastoral landscape, California’s endless sunshine combines with the rolling Pacific fog to flawlessly ripen Viognier grapes in the (wait for it) Goldridge soil.
Fabled for their meticulous care of the land and painstaking winemaking process, Windsor Oaks grows and produces wine of extraordinary quality. Tangerine and honeysuckle, peach and white roses, nectarine and daffodils; the 2012 Windsor Oaks Reserve Viognier will leave you in flower laced orchards while you sip the golden nectar.
Why we love it:
We’re not the only longtime fans of Windsor Oaks wines. Their loyal customer following is drawn to more than just the great wine. Windsor Oaks takes their commitment as stewards of the land seriously. Of their 700 acres, only 250 are planted to vines. The rest is dedicated to the “Forever Wild Open Space.” This wilderness runs around and between sustainably farmed vines, ensuring that the vines deliver the full expression of this special place.
Windsor Oaks cold-pressed and cool fermented their Viognier to protect the classic field of flowers and basket of stone fruit flavors. In classic style, the 2012 Windsor Oaks Reserve Viognier spends time aging on its lees. The resulting wine is opulent, keeping the powerful aromatics balanced with lemon-peel acid and whet stone minerality.
To concentrate its bright, lush flavors and powerful fragrance, we cold pressed the fruit to neutral barrels and fermented using a very long, cool “sur-le” winemaking style. Partial malolactic fermentation maintains the vibrant, fresh flavors and bright acidic structure. The result is 5 barrels, bursting with ripe, honeyed stone fruits, a hint of meadow flowers and clean minerality.
The Vineyards of Windsor Oaks are located in Sonoma County, in the foothills and benchlands overlooking the Russian River Valley and Mayacamas Mountains, between the cities of Santa Rosa and Healdsburg. The entire property is in excess of 700 acres, of which approximately 350 acres have been deeded to the Sonoma County Open Space District and are designated "Forever Wild". The acreage, including 210 acres in grapevines, is uniquely situated in the Russian River Valley, Chalk Hill, and Sonoma Coast appellations, representing three of the most recognized growing regions for outstanding quality winegrapes.
This will quench your craving for the perfect spring day. Viognier is exceptionally versatile with food, from spicy and grilled to seafood and salad. We love it with seared scallops and grilled chicken, surf & turf style!