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Venus Roussanne / Viognier 2017

Purity is the first word that comes to mind with the 2017 Venus. Comprised of 95% Roussanne and 5% Viognier, the 2017 is a classic edition of Venus with immediate honeysuckle and almond nougat on the nose.

The hallmark characteristic of the Bennett Valley Roussanne used in this blend is extremely slow ripening, with harvests consistently falling well into October. We attribute the intensity on the nose to the fruit’s time on the vine, maturing slowly, with complex flavors evolving long before sugar accumulation.


Venus Roussanne / Viognier 2017

Description

Description

Origin Grapes

Roussanne (95%), Viognier (5%)

Soil Vineyard & Terroir

Our Roussanne is sourced from both the Dry Stack (64%) and Vivio (31%) Vineyards, which are only a mile apart. Of the two, Vivio is higher in elevation in the Bennett Valley, while Dry Stack is rockier. Both vineyards are east-facing. The Viognier comes from the beloved Kobler Family Vineyard.

Vinification Vinification

Native-yeast fermented in neutral puncheons, with 11 month élevage in 100% neutral French oak.

 Production

13.6% ABV • 173 cases

Best Drank By Drink By

3–7 years

Palate Aroma & Palate

Cool-climate expression of Roussanne shines in this wine with freshness and acidity taking center stage. On the nose this leads to notes of honeysuckle, white nougat and almond croissant. The Viognier adds aromatic lift and reins in the weight of the Roussanne.

Food Pairing Food Pairing

Great with scallops, halibut, crab and lobster.
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