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Viognier

The Grape

Viognier is a green-skinned white wine varietal with its origins in Rhone, France. Viognier is dependent on winemaking techniques and climate as the grape requires a long, warm growing season in order to fully ripen but not a climate that is too hot to where the grape develops high levels of sugars and potential alcohol before its aromatic notes can develop. The grape is also naturally a low yielding variety. In California, Viognier production is mostly found in the Central Coast AVA’s. Viognier is heavily planted throughout the United States, with over 20 states having Viognier under vine. Worldwide, Viognier is planted in Rhone France, Australia, New Zealand, and South America.

The Wine

Viognier wine has a signature floral and fruity aroma on the nose. The wine has notes of minerals, pears, peach, honeysuckle, violets, and lavender. If a Viognier is left on it’s skin too long in the winemaking process, the wine will develop an oily characteristic. Viognier is highly aromatic and has medium to high acidity. Typically, a Viognier should be consumed within three years of production, or it will begin to lose its floral characteristics. 

Perfect Pairings

Due to it’s lower alcohol level, high acidity, and floral notes, Viognier pairs well spicy dishes such as barbecue, salsa, Thai and Indian foods. The acidity in Viognier also balances with chicken and seafood and shellfish dishes.

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2012 Coruce Viognier
$ 25.95

86 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2012 Coruce Viognier: This Central Coast wine is 100% Viognier from a world famous vineyard near Santa Maria California. This wine was destemmed and cold soaked for 24 hours then pressed off the skins and settled for 3 days and racked off its solids. It was then cold fermented for 21 days in stainless steel and aged for 10 months in neutral French Oak barrels.

This wine has aromas and flavors of Honeysuckle, citrus blossoms, white melon, apricot, peach and banana. Lush and viscous with a vibrant finish. Serve chilled.

2014 Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier
$ 39.00

"Best of Class" / GOLD MEDAL / 92 Points – 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
93 Points/Gold Medal - 2016 Toast of the Coast Wine Competition
SILVER MEDAL – 2015 Denver International Wine Competition
2015 Popular Choice Award – LA WINE FEST
Silver Medal - 2015 Artisan Awards
Silver Medal - 2015 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes

Our 2014 Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier delivers bright floral aromas of myers lemon, bee’s wax, white peach and kiwi with a palate of citrus and acidity that gives this special wine length and suspense.

Pair this wine with light to medium body cheeses, oysters, shellfish, seafood, poultry and good friends.

Varietal: Viognier
Year: 2014
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles, California USA
Alcohol: 14.1
pH: 3.58

Limited Production – 300 Cases 

2014 Troon Blue Label Longue Carabine, Applegate Valley
$ 29.00

92 Points Highly Recommended - The National Wine Review

93 Points - James Melendez

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A creative co-ferment of grapes native to the South of France:Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon 2.4%; farmed to savor the natural attributes of granitic soils, washed down the mountains covered in Madrone, Oak and Ponderosa pine.  Full bodied and exotic, this is a substantial wine, but it’s still balanced with the bracing acidity you would expect from Oregon. The aromas and flavors are laced with hints of honeysuckle and ripe peaches.  An ideal match for roast chicken, veal and cheeses.  For those that love the exotic, lush and complex white blend of the southern Rhône Valley will adore Longue Carabine.

Wine Information

Varietal:              Marsanne 43.81%, Viognier 27.35%, Vermentino 12.65%, Riesling 8.79%, Roussanne 5.0%, Sauvignon Blanc 2.4%.

Appellation:         Applegate Valley

Vineyard:             Troon Vineyard

Designation:        Longue Carabine

Sugar:                  20.5 Brix

Acid:                      5.47

PH:                        3.58

Aging:                    7 months in mature French Oak

Residual Sugar:     2.8

Alcohol:                 12.5%

Bottling Date:        5/15/2015

2015 Ascension Silver Blanc
$ 36.00

Double Gold - 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal – 2016 Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition

Gold Medal / 90 Points – 2016 Central Coast Wine Competition

Gold Medal – 2016 Orange County Wine Society Wine Competition
"Best of Class" / Gold Medal / 92 Points - 2016 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver Medal / 89 points - 2016 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition
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Tasting Notes 

Our 2015 Silver white blend has a beautiful, luminous golden shimmer, followed by a nose of rich aromatics of pear, orange blossom, white peach, Meyers lemon, and Plumeria blossoms. The palate is laced with rich mineral flavors of juicy citrus, Asian pear, peach and crisp Gala apples; a seductive, balanced acidity gives this wine a lingering finish that pulls you back for more.
Pair this wine with light to medium body cheeses, seafood, shellfish, oven-roasted chicken, grilled vegetables and sunsets.
Composition: 36% Marsanne / 33% Roussanne / 25% Chardonnay / 6% Viognier
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard (Rhone Varietals) / Castoro Cellars (Chardonnay)
AVA: Paso Robles AVA
Alcohol: 13.9%

Limited Production 465 cases 

2016 Blue Kubli Bench Blanc, White Family Vineyard, Applegate Valley
$ 25.00

The Languedoc is a constant source of inspiration for us at Troon Vineyard as our climate and soils in the Applegate Valley have proven to be the perfect home for the varieties that shine there. One of the classic combinations of the Languedoc is the intertwining of Marsanne and Viognier.

Our 2016 Kubli Bench Blanc, Estate Bottled, Applegate Valley is not a blend, but a co-ferment. We believe co-fermentation creates a wine of greater integration and complexity than simply blending. We harvest two blocks of Marsanne and Viognier crush them by foot, then press them into mature French Oak barrels for native yeast fermentation. In 2016 these vineyard blocks yielded a blend of Viognier 54%, Marsanne 46%. These percentages will vary slightly depending on the fruit these blocks yield vintage to vintage. Our Troon Vineyard estate vineyard is located on the unique soils of the Kubli Bench, which is the second, higher and older bench of the Applegate River and we have given that name to this wine. The granitic soils of the Kubli Bench combined with our long, warm days and cool nights creates wines of great balance and refinement with bright, lifted aromatics.


The 2016 Kubli Bench Blanc, Estate Bottled, Applegate Valley is all about exotic textures and aromatics. Full and rich in the nose and on the palate, it is lifted by a bright acidity that amplifies the many layers in this complex wine.