It’s the 5th day of Ridge Vineyards holiDAYS, and how fitting that on a day oft sung of in long, drawn out vowels, espousing that which is golden (on the fifth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me, five golden rings …), we should be making a little golden contribution ourselves …
And what a contribution! It’s the debut release of a wine we’ve NEVER, EVER made before! Sure, you’ve seen it co-fermented in our Syrahs, but in 100% solo varietal form? Never!
Today, the day when we make available the first ever Lytton Estate Viognier! That’s right folks, the 2009 Ridge Vineyards Lytton Estate Viognier (375ml) drops today, and as part of our 15 of holiDAYS, you can get it right now! Just click here.
I’m just sitting down now to pen some tasting notes …
As noted, a beautiful pale gold in the glass, and as expected, rich viscosity showing bowl-side …a veritable explosion of sweet peach, tangerine, lemon, and honey on the nose, and delightfully lacking in any overtly perfumed notes; the emphasis is clearly on the fruit … not quite as viscous on the palate as might be suggested by the legs, and good acidity present; there is a hint of almost Riesleing-like petrol character, mingling with an utterly singular minerality … the finish is a pleasing juxtaposition of tart and sweet, and is refreshing where it might be cloying, structured where it might be flabby, and in the end, tremendously unique; if you’re a fan of solo-varietal viognier, this may throw you for a bit of a loop, but I think it’s bound to win you over, and if you’re hesitant about this grape on its own, this may just be your new point-of-entry!