“I have always been a fan of Bonterra Viognier and the 2015-like all of the wines under this label, made from organically grown grapes-is as solid as ever. The wine exhibits bright stone fruit, perky minerality, and soft floral accents. Its combination of flavors pairs it well with slightly spicy Hunan and Tex-Mex dishes.”
-Wilfred Wong of wine.com
“Bonterra 2016 Mendocino Viognier ($15): Brassy in tone, floral in aroma and peachy in flavor, this dry, sleek and persistent take on viognier has both the substance and the drive to pair with heftier dishes of summer, such as a gussied-up potato salad or pasta carbonara with zucchini. The wine was a spontaneous double-gold winner at the Mendocino County Fair Wine Competition in Boonville earlier this month.”
–Mike Dunne, Sacramento Bee
“Lively aromas, an appetizing balance and just-rich-enough fruit flavors make a good combo in this medium- to full-bodied wine.”
“It has subtle herb and kiwi aromas, crisp apple flavors, and a texture poised between supple and tangy.”
Following an established Bonterra custom, we’ve layered a little Muscat into the blend, adding to the exciting aroma of this wine. We followed our usual style of fermenting in both stainless (70%) and barrel (30%), with no malolactic fermentation. The wine is in oak for 8 months to gain a note of vanilla. Increasing use of stainless and cold fermentation provides ever fresher and decidedly forward fruit that leaps from the glass.
Aromas of peaches and cream, citrus blossom and apricot greet you at the first introduction. Fruit flavors of apricot and peach are accented with spice. The wine is crisp and rich with beautiful elegance and a very long finish.
Appellation: Mendocino County Alcohol: 14.8%