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This biodynamic producer excels at Viognier, and this vintage is especially succulent, with a juicy and compelling mix of stone fruit, Meyer lemon and tangerine flavors.
Impeccably balanced, textured and long, with citrus rind highlights, it spent just four months in 30% new oak.
Here the fruit seems to have been riper, and the flavors are full and round, with a mix of pineapple, peach and apple.
The use of new oak is more conservative than ever before here, while fewer and fewer producers are beating the wines up in barrel through excessive lees-stirring than in the past.
Ripe black fruits and dark cherries lead on the palate with a hint of earth and dried herbs for an energetic finish.
2015 MOONRAKER, APPLEGATE VALLEY All bright fruit from red raspberry to black plum in this blend of Grenache and Syrah that call for a dinner party with cassoulet.
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Both this reserve and the winery’s regular 2017 Viognier are interesting, well-made wines, but for different reasons.