About This Wine
It happened in 1988, and it had never happened before.
Influential wine critic Robert Parker bestowed a perfect 100-point score on a California wine for the very first time. The wine was the 1985 Groth Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, and the man who made it was Nils Venge. Ever since, he has been known as the “King of Cab.”
These days, Venge spends most of his time crafting wines for his own Saddleback Cellars winery, which is located in the Oakville district of the Napa Valley. His goal with each vintage is to make the best wines possible — whether they’re from a single vineyard, a single appellation, or a blend of appellations.
Fruit for the 2010 Saddleback Viognier came from the Baranek Family Vineyard in Clarksburg, Calif. The wine’s floral and fruitful aroma lures one to a viscous mouthfeel and a long, pleasing after-flavor. It’s a wonderful sipping wine, or pair it with lighter fare.
Rare grape of France's Rhone valley. Produces a floral, full-bodied spicy wine. Yields vary widely and it's hard to grow in other places.
- Grape Composition:100% Viognier
- Grape Source:Baranek Family Vineyard in Clarksburg, California
- Aromas & Flavors:White Peach, Nectarine, Jasmine Petals, Honeysuckle and Assorted Tropical Fruit
- Aging Vessels:French Oak Barrels (Fourth- and Fifth-Use) for 5 Months
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestiondried fruit, cheese, or quail.