SundayBrew recommends EXP Dunnigan Hills Viognier by R.H. Phillips Wine Company ! This exotic and fruity wine will certainly catch your attention. The grapes used for Dunnigan Hills Viognier come from the Dunnigan Hills of Yolo County in California. The grapes are grown from 15 year old vines that thrive on thin clay loamy soil which mimics Mediterranean-like climate. This produces grapes with a heavily concentrated flavor.
When ripe the grapes are hand-picked at night and then whole cluster pressed. This optimizes the freshness of the viognier grape and reduces the skin contact time with the juice(to reduce bitterness). The juice is then fermented in half stainless steel and half in French oak barrels for five months. The wine is hand-stirred every two weeks to enhance the mouth-feel and to add complexity.
When drinking Dunnigan Hills Viognier you will notice hints of mango and lychee fruit, the aroma of orange blossom, candied ginger and honey. It’s pale yellow color and sweet taste of apricot preserves and lychee fruit come first and is followed up by a hint of vanilla and orange zest. Drink Dunnigan Hills Viognier with grilled Caribbean fish and Thai food. Dishes with lemongrass will also bring out the best of Dunnigan Hills Viognier.