The 2021 Viognier presents bright aromas of honeysuckle, pear, green apple and sea breeze. An exquisitely weighted palate strikes a perfect balance of richness and freshness, showing rounded flavors of apricot, tangerine, honeycomb and baked apple spice. Notes of citrus and wet stone bring the wine to clean, energetic finish. A banner vintage for Brick Barn Viognier.
The 35-acre Brick Barn estate vineyard lies just north of the Santa Ynez River in a largely unexplored winegrowing corridor near the city of Buellton in the western Santa Ynez Valley. Here, persistent sun exposure ensures ripe flavors, while the Pacific Ocean—just 10 miles away—delivers daily cooling that maintains fruit acidity and structure. Our Viognier is planted to two small blocks totaling just under four acres. Here, sandy riverbed soils foster vivid aromatics in our Viognier fruit, while the persistent marine breezes help maintain vibrant acidity right through full maturity. Tight 6x3 vine spacing ensures that yields are kept in check for the sake of natural flavor intensity.
The 2021 growing season was marked by moderate summer temperatures and steady harvest weather, resulting in a standout vintage at the Brick Barn estate. The Viognier fruit was harvested on September 21. After night harvesting, the fruit was gently pressed and cold settled for seven days prior to fermentation. Aiming for a more delicate expression of the Viognier grape, Winemaker Adrian Bolshoi cold fermented the juice in stainless steel tanks with Aroma White yeast, which was chosen to accentuate the fruit’s naturally bright flavors and floral aromatics. After fermentation, the wine was cold aged in stainless steel for eight months prior to bottling. A small portion of the wine was aged in a European acacia barrel, which imparted a touch of added roundness and honeycomb character to the mouthfeel.
Food Pairing Notes
The rich vibrancy of the 2021 Viognier ensures excellent versatility with food. Recommended pairings include grilled chicken, bánh mì, seared scallops, and fruit and cheese plates.
The Brick Barn estate’s sandy soils and brisk coastal climate produce a vivid expression of the Viognier grape, as reflected in this wine’s bright, refreshing character.