Dovecote Viognier is made to be an expressive yet graceful and polished rendition of this full-bodied aromatic varietal. Bright pale straw, this Viognier begins with a subtle perfume of white peach, tea rose, and fresh cut fennel. In the glass a sensual palate of star fruit, pomelo, and tart green apple is framed by a zesty acid-driven structure. It transitions through a full and silky finish with lingering crushed rock minerality and jasmine essence.
Classic matches such as oysters, scallops, and poultry are wonderful, yet our Estate Viognier can stand up to and complement the more challenging dishes such as grilled artichokes, Indian and Chinese cuisine, and spiced Latin American fare.
Quail Valley Vineyard is a single-acre vineyard planted on rocky alluvial soil in 1998 within a relatively cool area of the Los Olivos District AVA in Santa Barbara County. It lies sheltered within a narrow valley that permits enough warmth to ripen the fruit slowly and retain acidity, while also limiting harsh exposure that can mute aromatics. We farm and harvest the vineyard entirely by hand with no machinery or power equipment.
Grapes are hand harvested at night usually in late September. The fruit is then immediately pressed whole cluster, allowed to cold-settle overnight, and then fermented and rested in stainless steel without going through malolactic fermentation. It is bottled in spring of the following year and is ready to enjoy immediately and over the coming 2-4 years.
- 100% Viognier
- Quail Valley Vineyard
- Vine Age
- 21 years
- Rocky alluvial sand
- Los Olivos District, Santa Barbara County
- Intermediate II/III
- 100% stainless steel