2017 La Vista Vineyard Viognier - Ranchero Cellars

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Pineapple juice, soft beeswax, sliced papaya. Canned peach, citrus blossom, orange marmalade. Tropical flowers and spring pollen, banana leaf and coconut oil. Ripe mango, dragonfruit, and candied lemon peel lead a fragrant, lush, and saturated attack reminiscent of a succulent tropical fruit cocktail. Expressive aromatics continue with sappy florals and steamy rain forest foliage along with a pleasant drizzling of warm liquid honey. Powerful and pronounced in intensity, showcasing a touch of phenolics and a clean slightly stainless steely zing. Golden in color and dry on the palate with a full body and medium to low acidity. This 2017 La Vista Vineyard Viognier by Ranchero Cellars is an unctuous and opulent Rhone white from Paso Robles.

Paso Robles is a region well known for its red wine production, but it is also the home of some very interesting and unique whites. This bottling, crafted by Ranchero Cellars using Viognier sourced from the La Vista Vineyard in west Paso Robles, is a great example of the style of white wine this dynamic region is capable of. In classic Paso style it is rich, round, and ripe, yet remains quite cohesive and balanced throughout. This wine is noticeably dense and almost chewy while being absolutely packed with gobs bright fruit-driven flavor, and it continuously intrigues with its depth, concentration, and distinct oily textural character. This is a fun single vineyard bottling for those looking for a little more power and punch in their white wine.