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2020 Viognier

A rich expression in a classic dry style




Wine Society

About the Wine

Viognier’s rich texture, aromas of ripe stone fruit, citrus, and tropical fruit, and haunting floral perfume have taken this traditional northern Rhône variety from near extinction in the 1960s to a popular variety in the New World. Paso Robles, with its Rhône influence, has been a new refuge for this grape, and the 2020 Viognier is an appealing expression of this variety’s potential. Its full-bodied, drier style, mouth-filling texture, and long finish have made this wine a favorite, especially for wine drinkers who normally don’t venture into the white zone.

Tasting Notes




Bright pale yellow/straw with moderate plus viscosity and thick, slow-forming tears on the glass.


Exotic bouquet of spiced tangerine, yellow peach, strawberry guava, and jasmine blossom with chamomile and subtle oak.


Nearly full-bodied with rounded texture and initial flavors of apple skins, yellow peach, and cantaloupe proceeding to a midpalate of kumquat, orange blossom, and hints of cinnamon. Sustained fruit and warm oak combines on a moderately long, textured finish.

Key Features

  • Appellation

    Paso Robles

  • Fermentation

    Whole-cluster-pressed, barrel-fermented in neutral French oak with X5 yeast

  • Maturation

    10 months sur-lie aged

  • Alcohol



Poached Lobster

The 2020 Viognier is a rich, textured wine with a head-turning mix of complex fruit, floral notes, and a touch of oak that matches perfectly with flavorful and slightly smoky dishes like grilled eggplant salad, Peruvian roasted chicken, or poached lobster.

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