J. Rickards Il Sogno Ranch, Viognier
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J. Rickards Il Sogno Ranch, Viognier - 2022

Item # 42080 750mL

This traditional Rhône Valley white grape has been planted in Sonoma County since the early 1980s. This is a full-bodied white wine from a ranch in the lower Dry Creek Valley. This wine is partially fermented in neutral oak, resulting in balanced aromatics.

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$359.52 $323.57/ Case of 12
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Viognier is a traditional Rhône Valley grape that has been planted in Sonoma County California since the 1980s. Thanks to producers like the fine folks at J. Rickards its popularity has surged recently, and rightfully so--its wonderful combination of bright aromatics and plush, rounded mouthfeel. They take a lighter approach to the grape, partially fermenting in neutral oak, which results in a balanced supple texture that makes this unique varietal really sing. Notes of white peach and green apple leap out of the glass, introducing us to an incredibly refreshing palate where honey and apricot play, remaining floral and crisp without being overly sweet or oily. Fans of Riesling and Gewürztraminer (and spicy food!) take note, you’ll make fast friends with this one. Truly a great introduction to quality Viognier without the high prices.

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California makes more wine than any other state in the United States. Not only does the state grow a variety of noble grape varieties like Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, there are also plantings of lesser-known varieties such as Nebbiolo, Roussanne and Mourvèdre to name just a few.


Some of the most intriguing wines associated with the white Viognier grape contain hardly any Viognier at all: in the Côte Rôtie appellation, wine must be made principally from the red Syrah grape, but up to 20 percent (often far less) can be of white Viognier. The practice of adding Viognier to Syrah began as a way of taming the very ripe, tannic reds of the hot Côte Rôtie ("roasted slope"), but it produced such incredible results that other countries, most notably Australia, have followed...

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