A Tasting of “Nate’s Picks” For June/July 2014
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May 16th, 2014
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2013 Viognier –
Something is in the air today. As I sat down to type up the notes for our 2013 Viognier, I see that just this morning the 2013 Viognier was awarded the Chairman’s Award (Unanimous Gold) at the Riverside International Wine Competition – an award no previous Sunset Hills wine was won. So what better day than today to open a bottle and write the notes?
The 2013 Viognier follows the 2012 vintage in many ways – these have been ripe, full years for Viognier, focused on large mouthfeel, full texture, and ripe floral aromatics. The 2013 shows acacia, honeysuckle, mango, and passion fruit, with a supple, rich body and a very vivid, lively finish. Slightly off-dry, even at this young age the 2013 seems harmonious and well-delineated. Sadly (yes, there’s a downside here), due to the now imfamous (amongst winemakers) Mother’s Day frost of 2013, we lost a good portion of our Viognier crop. As such, this wine will be reserved especially for our Club members, and will likely not be poured in our tasting room for the duration of the year.
Blend: 95% Viognier, 5% Petit Manseng
Vineyards: Estate Vineyard #1, Estate Vineyard #3, Catesby Vineyard, Bethany Ridge Vineyard
Sunset Hills Vineyard 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon –
At last! A new vintage of Cab Sauv! It’s been far too long, and what’s particularly exciting is how well this wine has already opened up in bottle, which is the reason we’ve decided to include it in this shipment. Generally we would sit on this wine until the fall, but it’s pouring far too well right now.
Aromatics of blackcurrant, stewed fruit, plum, and toast are already present, with a nice depth to the palate, and lots of black fruit flavors of black cherry and blackberry. Not quite as bulky and lush as our 2010 Cab Sauv, our 2012 vintage focuses on black fruits, sweet spices, and penetrating aromatics, with a medium body and a long clove and nutmeg finish. Fully ripe and very expressive at this early stage, we would expect this wine to continue gaining in complexity over the next five years.
Blend: 85% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Merlot, 5% Petit Verdot
Vineyards: Estate Vineyard #2, Shenandoah Springs Vineyard, Malick Vineyard, Breaux Vineyards