2010 Viognier, Sonoma County
At Hawley Winery, Viognier is King! Over the past 15 years we have developed quite a reputation for combining ripe, California fruit and traditional French winemaking techniques— sorry I can't be more specific, but it’s a well-kept secret. The 2010 vintage was a very challenging year for Sonoma County vintners. A unusually long, cool growing season turned hot near the end of August, causing widespread sunburn in many vineyards. I guess the worrying helped, as our delicate Viognier grapes came through the heat unscathed and though the crop was a little light, the flavors came together beautifully. We combined grapes from our organic vineyard in Dry Creek Valley with grapes from another hillside vineyard in Russian River Valley to make the 2010 Hawley Viognier. By combining these lots, we were able to produce a more complex and complete wine. I call this blending the best with the best. We bottled our 2010 Sonoma County Viognier in March of 2011 and our Viognier is usually tasting its best a year after bottling. Aromas of white peaches, honeysuckle, gardenia and vanilla jump out of the glass. In the mouth, the wine is rich and full bodied; balanced with ample acidity from our unusually cool growing season with layers of fruit. Enjoy this wine with seafood, poultry or anything spicy. The layers of fruit in this wine allow it to pair with a multitude of dishes. Viognier is one of the most versatile wines when it comes to food pairing.