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Illahe Vineyards and Winery - Viognier 2022

Price: $24.00

Producer Illahe Vineyards and Winery
Country U.S.
Region Oregon
Subregion Willamette Valley
Varietal Viognier
Vintage 2022
Sku 011498
ABV 12.00%

Illahe is a local Chinook word meaning “earth” or “place” or “soil”. At Illahe, the goal is to make wine as naturally as possible, from soil to bottle. The estate vineyards were first planted in 1983, however the Ford family has owned the farm since the 1940's. All work is done by hand on small lots with age-old techniques and materials. Some of their wines are made 100% by hand — the old-fashioned way — with no electricity or modern mechanization. Their vineyards cover 80 acres of south-facing vines that are planted primarily to Pinot Noir, but also Gamay, Tempranillo, Pinot Gris, Grüner Veltliner and Viognier. Illahe is LIVE-certified and Salmon Safe with cover crops planted throughout the vineyard to benefit the soil and increase biodiversity. Sulfur is used only to control disease and the mature vines are dry-farmed. The winery at Illahe is gravity-fed and solar-powered to reduce dependence on fossil fuels. Their commitment to the environment is second-to-none, and this love of the land and their vines comes through in their wines.

Illahe's 100% Viognier pours a light lemon in the glass with gold highlights. The nose is powerfully aromatic with stunning aromas of wild flowers, nectarine, pears and fresh apricot. On the palate, an added mineral component comes across while the fruit veers towards an almost tropical tone while retaining the floral and stone fruit nuances. Illahe displays wonderful freshness and energy: this is not a rich, concentrated Condrieu-style Viognier, but rather one that showcases how crisp and clean the grape can be while still delivering incredible complexity and depth of flavor. Enjoy with a chicken salad with peaches, apricots or mangos, or broiled scallops with a ginger and coconut sauce. 

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