2016 Central Coast Viognier
Finally we received a decent rainfall after 5 years of drought. The growing season was close to ideal although a littler earlier than average. The 2016 vintage turned out to be wonderful with good yields and intense flavors. After hand harvesting, the whole grape clusters were pressed, then the fresh Viognier juice was moved by gravity to Calera’s barrel cellar. This wine was fermented in 80% older, neutral French oak barrels and 20% in concrete tank by indigenous yeasts, followed by a complete malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged in its respective fermentation vessels for eight months.