2018 Ballard Canyon 1NGREDIENT Viognier
A natural wine, fermented and aged on the skins for 10 months in amphora, then hand bottled and hand labelled. Learn more about our natural 1NGREDIENT label.
Winemaker Steve Beckmen shares his tasting notes over three consecutive days:
Day 1: Exotic, complex flavors of fresh ginger, caramelized apricot, jasmine, and citrus fruits lead to an elegant, round mouthfeel with balancing acidity and light tannins. Citrus fruits, floral, brisk peach, and a hint of coco highlight the flavors with good length and structure that carry the flavors on a long finish. Much softer and rounder than the 2018 1NGREDIENT Sauvignon Blanc but seemed tighter and less revealing upon opening.
Day 2: This has opened up to reveal more varietal fruits of apricot, peach, flowers, and spice on the nose. The wine is still super elegant with nice roundness balanced by some good acid and light tannin. More fruit coming through in the mouth as well with flavors of apricot, stone fruits, citrus, spice, and still a hint of coco. Still fresh and amazing on Day 2!
Day 3: This wine impresses on Day 3! While the nose is just as outgoing as Day 2, it is still fresh and vibrant both on the nose and in the mouth. The mouth is where it impresses me, it is so elegant and pretty in texture and flavor, and seems like it will continue to develop and age nicely for the long term. A white that should be aged for a year or two, and decanted for an hour or two prior to drinking. This wine shows no signs of oxidation and is very impressive!
This wine will easily age for 20+ years or more. Crafted from 100% certified biodynamic grapes.
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