A Tiny Vineyard With a Bold Voice
Dovecote Estate Viognier is produced from a single-acre vineyard planted on rocky alluvial soil in 1998 within a relatively cool area of the Los Olivos District AVA. Today we lovingly hand-farm it without any machinery or power equipment. When we acquired the vineyard in 2014, it had been ignored for years by its prior owners who had lost interest in the finicky tedium of viticulture. We believed in the potential of the site, which lies in a narrow valley that permits enough warmth to ripen the fruit slowly and retain acidity, while also limiting harsh direct sun exposure that can mute acidity and create an imbalance of perfumed aromatics. Over the next three years we worked to revive the spirit of our Quail Valley Vineyard, and in 2017 it rewarded us with our first vintage of perfect fruit. Our Estate Viognier is made in a lively, acid-driven style inspired by the classic Northern Rhone whites. It maintains the unmistakable perfume and sensual texture of Viognier, yet is gracefully lifted by a skeleton of minerality and delicate floral aromatics unique to its growing site. On the table, it serves as a wonderful companion to seafood of all types as well as rich flavors and spiced dishes such as Asian, Indian, and Latin American cuisine. Grapes are hand harvested at night and pressed whole cluster into 100% stainless steel for primary fermentation. It is then bottled fresh and ready to enjoy over the next 5 years.