We use two vineyards for the grape source of our white Aero Port wine. The Viognier is sourced from Landa Vineyard at the base of the Mayacamas in Sonoma Valley where warm afternoons lead to cool evenings are ideal conditions for this Rhône varietal. The Muscat is grown on our estate located in the overlapping AVAs of Sonoma Valley and Carneros. Situated at the base of the gentle sloping foothills which separate Sonoma and Petaluma, the estate benefits from the breezes carried in via the Petaluma Wind Gap. The vineyard is bathed in cooling fog in the summertime adding beautiful acidity and brightness to the wine. Anabatic winds force the vines to struggle, contributing to rich fruit characteristics in the grapes. Varietal composition: 65% Viognier, 35% Muscat Blanc Beautiful aromatics jump out of the glass — white lilies, gardenia, mandarin orange and spiced pear. A delightfully lifted palate of lychee, kumquat and apricot skin delivers a fresh take on this elegant sipper.
65% Viognier 35% Muscat Blanc
Appellation: Sonoma Valley
Vintage 2016, Vineyards Estate, Landa
Fermentation: Grapes are harvested at a typical ripeness. Both the Viognier and the Muscat Blanc are fermented on the skins. Fermentation is stopped at the midpoint by adding All of the grapes are picked at normal ripeness levels, not as late harvest. Viognier and Muscat are fermented on skins. Fermentation is stopped at the half way point by adding an eau di vie of freshly distilled Sauvignon Blanc from Germain-Robin. Fermentation continues at a slower pace for three days, until we press the juice off the skins..
Aging: Aged in neutral French oak barrels for 22 months.