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Pride Mountain Vineyards Viognier 2018

Pride Mountain Vineyards is situated on the Summit Ranch, one of Napa Valley’s oldest grape producers atop Spring Mountain. With over 120 years of viticulture documented there, Jim and Carolyn Pride purchased Summit Ranch and their first vintage premiered in 1991. Today, Pride Mountain Vineyards produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Viognier and limited bottlings of Syrah and Sangiovese.

This delightful wine possesses a classic Viognier character, with heady aromas of nectarine, peach, citrus, gardenia and orange blossoms. On the palate, the wine is lush, round and oily, with a bright acidity that brings balance and lingering richness to the wine.  

This viognier is grown in three separate blocks, each contributing something special to the blend. The Mountain Top block sits at the summit of the estate, basking in sunlight and developing exuberant flavors and an unctuous character. The Lower Mountain Top block is on a south-facing hillside and consequently develops a range of flavors, slightly riper and richer at the top of the hill and brighter and leaner at the bottom.  The Terraces block is cut into the western edge of the estate and contributes bright acidity and floral notes. All the viognier grapes are hand-harvested at night then gently pressed and racked to neutral French oak barrels for fermentation.  Malolactic fermentation is entirely inhibited.

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