2021 Viognier

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2021 Viognier
2021 Viognier


Tasting Notes:

Our first bottling of this aromatic varietal showcases notes of kiwi, apricot and spice.  Off-dry and refreshing enjoy this with light summer fare.


Winemaking Notes:

Only our second time working with viognier at Airlie and our first chance to make a single varietal bottling, we were excited to see what we could do with this lovely aromatic grape.  The fruit came from the Mount Angel area across the valley from us and looked beautiful.  Gently destemmed into the press to mimimize stem and skin contact and a gentle pressing, stopped at just over 1 bar, gave us excellent juice.  A long, cool ferment with temperature ranging between 54 and 57F and lasting about five weeks produced this luscious, aromatic wine.  Fermentation was stopped with a little residual sugar to provide weight and to keep the alcohol balanced.  The wine was crossflow filtered and bottled under screwcap in January 2022.


Harvest Notes:

The 2020 growing season started with a mild winter and drier than normal spring.  While there were some untimely rains in mid-June for most of the Willamette Valley our cool site meant that bloom came along almost immediately after and we were spared crop thinning by Mother Nature.  The rest of the growing season was almost ideal with moderate day time temperatures and cool nights, leading to a long, slow ripening season.  The fires that struck at Labor Day were nerve racking and many lost their homes making the worry about grapes seem insignificant.  However, growing grapes and making wines is our livelihood and so we persevered.  It again appears that our little bowl of a valley saved as we looked up to the smoky black skies and drifting ash but still had remarkably clean air in our vineyard.  The lack of sun slowed ripening even more and we started harvest closer to our traditional date October 2nd.  Great flavor concentration, balanced acidity and moderate alcohols means the 2020 wines will be excellent now and into the future.

Our winery and our estate vineyard, Dunn Forest, are LIVE certified sustainable and Salmon Safe. The vineyard is hand cultivated allowing us to respond to individual vine needs.



A printout of this and the technical data is available under the 'Wine Information' tab above, 'Download Wine Notes'.

AppellationWillamette Valley
Harvest Date10/01/2021
AgingStainless Steel
Residual Sugar2.0%
Wine StyleMedium Dry, Crisp
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date01/31/2022
Cases Produced50
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