Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier (4)

Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier 4-Pack
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2014 Ascension Cellars Halo Viognier, Cass Vineyard, Paso Robles

We just love Viognier and are thrilled to be sharing this wine with you all. Paso Robles is an amazing place to make wine from. If you have any questions let us know!

I notice this is, per your notes 100% Vio and not a blend as was the 2013.
Can you comment further?

Our Halo Viognier’s have always been 100% of that grape. Our 2013 “Silver” Blanc was 80% Viognier and 20% Chardonnay.

As in France, we like the Viognier to shine on it’s own and we don’t blend it or place it in oak. All stainless steel to keep the wine fresh and aromatic.

thanks for stopping by !

We love food and wine pairings. Here’s a great one from our website to make when drinking this wine. It is also great with Shrimp Cocktail, crab cakes, Thai food (coconut-based curries) and even fish tacos.

https://ascensioncellars.com/pairings/tilapia-foil-packet-with-shrimp-mushrooms-and-summer-vegetables.php

Wine Enthusiast 12/15
Ascension Cellars 2014 Halo Cass Vineyard Viognier (Paso Robles)
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Extremely showy white tuberose flowers and tropical candied guava fruit combine into a bubblegum-like nose on this wine. The palate is overwhelmingly tropical, bordering on treacly in presentation.

Sounds like there’s RS?

I’d say that note reflects some vanillan from the oak, but this is stainless.

Specs

Blend: 100% Viognier
Vineyard: Cass Vineyard, Geneseo District, Paso Robles AVA
Alcohol: 14.1%
pH: 3.58
RS: .081
Production: 300 cases
Aging: Stainless Steel
Closure: Stelvin Lux + screw cap with tin liner

Sometimes central coast Viognier can throw off a banana/bubble gum note for the the first few months after bottling. Not sure why, but it definitely settles out after about 6 months in the bottle. Still very tropical /citrus fruit notes on the nose and palate. Coming from Paso it is definitely more full-bodied than other versions from CA.

Sometimes, with Vio, I also get a soapy (??) note. Any idea where that one comes from or experienced it?

Thanks for joining the boards. :slight_smile:

That is natural glycerin in the grapes. Commonly found in many Rieslings…perhaps some cool-climate Viogniers as well? Have not encountered that ourselves.

Nice to see winery participation… welcome :slight_smile:

Thanks! It was fun!