What I love about making Viognier from the Stagecoach Vineyard is that the resulting wine is such a reflection of the vineyard and vintage. This vintage showed a lot of mineral in its core, but ripe peaches, dried apricots, honey and wisp of white flowers in its aromatics. On the palate this wine is a full-bodied luxurious experience that’s a mirror image of its aromatics, but with a touch of licorice in the forever flowing finish.
Another one of My favorite Rhône White Varietals. Originating is the Northern Rhône, in an area called Condrieu, where all they are allowed to grow is Viognier. This is also one of those grapes that I have made many times, but without achieving my goals that I felt I could.
Then, I was offered an opportunity to make Viognier from Stagecoach and thought to myself, it's working for Marsanne and Roussanne, let's see what happens with Viognier.
I knew if I was going to undertake this adventure, I wanted to collaborate with one of my favorite Condrieu producers. So, I gave a call to Yves Gangloff, and just by luck he was going to be in California and had time to walk the vineyard with me. We designed a game plan and the rest is history: 2 Guys • 2 Barrels. The label design is by his son, Loup.
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