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.