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2020 Petaluma Gap | Marin County Viognier

2020 Petaluma Gap | Marin County Viognier

The 2020 viognier features my best-yet fruit component -- zippy citrus and fresh white peach. The more serious grapefruit pith spine that usually undergirds the flashier fruit and floral panache of my viognier is there, but this is a slightly more delicate rendition than most prior vintages. Another new thing, which may be a figment of my imagination, is a faint white pepper note that seems to come and go. Lots to like with this one.
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Ratings

91 - View from the Cellar -- John Gilman - 1/12/21

The 2020 Viognier from Stewart Johnson at Kendric Vineyards is really lovely this year. Stewart had made a barrel of viognier this year that he was thinking of using for the base wine for a sparkling bottling, but decided against it as it seemed to lack a bit of personality from having been picked earlier. However, after having abandoned plans for a stab at sparkling viognier, the wine started to pick up character in cask and ended up being blended back into the other four barrels of viognier! The result is a lovely wine, offering up scents of peach, a touch of casaba melon, lovely spice tones, salty soil elements and a classic floral blend in the upper register. On the palate the wine is bright, full-bodied and bouncy, with a fine core, good soil signature, zesty acids and a long, nicely racy finish. The one cask of earlier-picked juice here seems to have really given this wine cut and lift on the backend! 2021-2027. 91.

Winemaker Notes

This comes from a couple small patches of my pinot vineyard that I grafted over to viognier in 2011 and 2018. The resulting wine is pretty varietally correct, with viognier's flashy floral aromatics, but on the leaner, crisper end of the spectrum.
Vintage 2020
Varietal Viognier
Size 750 ml