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2011 Viognier, Doré

2011 Viognier, Doré

In Italian, doré means “golden.” When we saw the splendid, golden tones of this elegant lady develop as the wine matured, we knew exactly what her name would be. Quite simply, Doré is the “Belle of the Ball“—a wine reminiscent of a slow and intoxicating waltz.

$32.00 per Bottle
$384.00 per Case
 

Wine Profile:

Vintage 2011
Wine Style White Wine
Varietal Composition
100% Viognier
Appellation Mendocino
Sugar 24
Acid .68
PH 3.3
Alcohol % 14.2
Size 750 ml

Tasting Notes

In Italian, doré means “golden.” When we saw the splendid, golden tones of this elegant lady develop as the wine matured, we knew exactly what her name would be.

The 2011 growing season was not without its challenges. It rained most of the spring, which hindered fruit set. The summer was cooler than normal, allowing the clusters that did survive to enjoy more “hang time” before a later harvest. Once harvest started, rain ensued. Overall, the crop yield was lower than in previous years, which led to more concentrated flavors.

The grapes for this wine come from a vineyard on the Talmage Bench, located near Ukiah, which is just up the road from our spot on Duncan Peak. Because it has one of the cooler climates in Mendocino County, it’s an area that is perfect for growing white wine grapes. Viognier thrives there and this wine is a perfect expression of the terroir and the uniqueness of the 2011 vintage.

We picked the grapes early in the morning when they were very cool and crushed them immediately to get the clearest possible juice. After fermentation, we aged it in tightly grained French oak for four months, and then transferred it to older, neutral barrels that imparted just a hint of oak.

With a glorious floral aroma dominated by lilac, this silky wine glides across the palate with flavors of peach and apricot. It swirls beautifully in a wine glass, leaving long legs of golden nectar. Quite simply, Doré is the “Belle of the Ball“—a wine reminiscent of a slow and intoxicating waltz.

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Handcrafted
All Topel wines are lovingly handcrafted by Mark and Donnis, who employ minimalist techniques to transform simple grape juice into world-class wines that are robust, yet balanced and elegant — soulful wines that perfectly reflect the soil and climate of their origin.

“…These enviably pure cabernets are not burdened down with huge tannin and will not whack the taster over his head in terms of power or intensity. Rather, they are beautifully balanced and elegant…”
—Robert Parker, Jr.