Wasted Grape2011 Viognier
Wasted Grape seeks out grapes that might ultimately wasted, either by not leaving the vineyard or cellar. Winemaker Jake Stuessy and partner Don VanWie have found a little niche and their first white wines are delightful.
2011 brought Viognier to focus from Suisun Valley. Fermented using three different yeast strains, held on the skins for 8 hours and allowed 35-40% melolactic secondary fermentation, stone fruits abound. Apricot and Peach along with nuances of dried flower petals and white mint roll over the palate. Bright acidity leads to a sense of lime and minerality on the long finish. This wine is live and electric.
Reviewed May 23, 2013 by Roger King.