The 2016 Cristom Vineyards Estate Viognier exhibits the pure, and nearly textbook, characteristics of this varietal, with aromas of orange blossoms, honeysuckle, clover, and anise as well as the ripe fruit aromas of peach, apricot, and lychee. Slightly viscous on the palate, with bright and mouth watering acidity that support the fruit structure of the wine, it is well integrated and perfectly balanced.
Zalto Denk-Art Universal Glass
Zalto Universal Glass is recommended for richer, oaked Sauvignon Blancs such as The Fuder, white Graves or Semillon/Sauvignon blends as well as young and non-vintage Champagne. The Zalto Universal is a very good all-rounder, designed for all types of wines but may not maximize the potential of certain wine as much as the Bordeaux or Burgundy glass.
Cristom vineyard’s story began over 25 years ago as a collaboration between an engineer and a biochemist, both sharing a passion for great wine, natural winemaking processes and a deep respect for the land. Cristom are certified as sustainable by Low Input Viticulture & Enology (LIVE) both in the winery and the vineyards. The vineyards at Cristom experience warm days that are followed by extremely cool nights, affected by the cool Pacific Ocean breezes that flow through the Van Duzer Corridor, into the Willamette Valley.
A cooler region further north than California but south of Washington state, Oregon is a cooler region that has a growing reputation for Pinot Noir as well as several white varieties. The region’s wines been growing in popularity over the past 50 years or so and, although the production is tiny in comparison to California, many wineries are gaining equal notoriety. Oregon is also home to the acclaimed Willemette Valley which is surrounded on three sides by mountains giving great protection resulting in unique growing conditions where you can find both Cristom Vineyards and Eyrie Vineyards. The valley is the largest AVA in Oregon and experiences the one of the longest growing seasons in the region with long warm days and cool nights making it ideal for fully ripening fruit whilst preserving acidity and freshness in the grapes.
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