2016 Estate Viognier

2016 Estate Viognier


A rare white varietal from France that we planted in 1999, Viognier is the Flagship white wine of the Northern Rhone region of France and is considered the "Red Wine Drinkers’ White Wine". We vinify our Viognier in the traditional French Style, "sur lie" in neutral French Oak. This vintage dry wine is elegantly balanced, with a golden appearance and a floral bouquet ranging from fresh apricot blossoms to tropical fruit and dried wildflowers. With a balanced acidity that lingers on the finish, our 2016 Viognier boasts a refined, long finish.

Food pairings: Highly aromatic, our 2016 Viognier Wine complements light flavors and shellfish. Whether it’s grilled chicken, seared scallops, or summer squash, swirl and sip a glass of Viognier for a refreshing palette cleanser.

Viticulture and Winemaking

Variety: Viognier, planted 1999 in single vineyard block, is the Flagship white variety from the Northern Rhone of France. It’s often known as the “Red wine-drinkers’ White wine” because of its depth and full-bodied flavor.

History: Viognier is an ancient wine with an unknown origin. It’s possible that the Viognier grape originated in the region that is now Croatia, and the Romans later popularized this variety.

Background: Viognier is beloved for its fruity aroma; carrying the scent of peach, tangerine, and honeysuckle. It ranges from these scents to creamier aromas of vanilla with added hints of nutmeg and clove. The flavor is heavily dependent on the producer. It can taste light with a hint of bitterness, to bold and creamy.

Region: Fair Play, El Dorado County, Sierra Foothills

Vintage: 2016

Production: 125 cases

Fermentation: “Sur Lie” in neutral French Oak. Sur Lie means wine is barrel fermented “on the lees” being stirred 2x per day by winemaker until primary fermentation is complete. Wine is then racked off the lees into clean barrels for aging until bottling.

Winemakers Notes: Our vineyards in the expansive Sierra Foothills have great personality, and our Viognier grapes are grown in an exceptional location among them. 2016 was a perfect year for ripening with plenty of spring rain to push the development of the fruit along into late fall. This vintage came in with a bouquet of dried wildflowers, dried apricot and fresh rainfall, with a final reveal of citrus blossom. Viognier is a grape that gives and gives, both in the vineyard and in the glass!

Awards: Wine writers go crazy over this wine. Laura Ness “What do Women Want” on her recent visit to Amador County: “When you visit the Sierra Foothills start with Cedar Creek Viognier, and end with Cedar Creek Viognier!”

Mike Dunn, Sacramento Bee wrote: ”Best Viognier I have ever tasted- A rare gem, this wine is not to be missed!”

Gold Medal El Dorado County Fair

Gold Medal Amador County Fair