2017 Penner-Ash Willamette Valley Viognier

SKU #1401324 92 points Wine Enthusiast

 Fermented entirely in stainless steel, this reliably excellent wine is once again deeply fruited with mixed citrus, honeysuckle and Bosc pear. A pleasing minerality underscores the zesty finish. (PG)  (7/2019)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Vibrant and floral, with expressive honeysuckle, peach and lemon flavors that dance on a sleek and supple finish. (TF, Web only-2019)

K&L Notes

Erin Brooks writes: "In 2016 Penner-Ash was purchased by Jackson Family Wines. Winemaker Lynn Penner-Ash says it will allow the winery access to more top vineyard sites like Gran Moraine and Zena Crown to use in their Willamette Valley blend and the brand's single-designate Pinot Noirs. 'We built our reputation on small-lot vineyard designates,' she explains. 'These vineyard designates show what we're doing with the different AVAs and how they work themselves into the blends for our Willamette Valley wines. We will take more fruit from the designates to add to the Willamette blend because we want it to be consistent. It's our flagship bottling and our largest blend.' Winemaking is adjusted each year to suit the particular vintage. 'Our formula is purely based on vintage. For example, our barrel usage transitions from 19% to 40%. There's no real formula. We are just trying to make the best wine we can from a particular vintage.'"


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Varietal:

Viognier

- Relatively challenging to cultivate, this white grape's plantings were long limited to two appellations in the Northern Rhône - Condrieu, the better known of the two, and Château-Grillet - but its recent gains in popularity inspired plantings in the Languedoc-Roussillon, across California, as well as in parts of Australia, Italy, Spain and South America. Intensely aromatic and full-bodied, Viognier is prized for its aromas and flavors of stone fruits, d'Anjou pears and white flowers. In fact, its heady perfume wins it the honor of being a rare white varietal used in one of the world's top reds - Côte-Rôtie - where it is often planted amid the Syrah and co-fermented with that grape. The combination deepens the color of Côte-Rôtie and adds to its already deep and distinctive nose.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

Oregon

- Highly touted for its Pinot Noirs, Oregon is part of the up-and-coming winemaking industry in the Pacific Northwest of the United States. Most of Oregon is directly affected by the climate coming off of the Pacific Ocean, giving it mild winters and wet summers. This makes it a difficult place to ripen grapes, but some say that the harder grapes have to struggle, the more complex they will turn out to be. Chardonnay and Pinot Gris are two important and successful grapes grown in Oregon.