About McManis Family 2016 Viognier, River Junction, California
Founded in 1990, McManis Family Vineyards is owned and managed by Ron and Jamie McManis, fourth generation winegrowers committed to sustainable farming. Located in the rich agricultural region of the northern California interior, the McManis family is credited with the 2001 successful petition for the 1300 acre River Junction AVA (American Vineyard Appellation), just west of the city of Ripon, at the cool, confluence of the Stanislaus and San Joaquin Rivers.The river basin, consistently 2-5 degrees cooler than the surrounding farmlands, combined with the sandy loam soils unique to the area, is ideally suited to growing premium quality Viognier grapes. The fruit for this 2016 Viognier came from Estate Vineyards and averaged 26 Brix at harvest. The juice was cold fermented in Stainless Steel with no oak aging to retain the unique fruit character. Light straw in color, this wine has aromas of peach, apricot and violet. Rich and velvety on the palate, it's full of the fruit flavors promised by the aromas and the long fruity finish has a slight note of minerality. Viognier is so unique and this one's a Super Value! Just awarded Best of Class, Double Gold Medal, 99 points in the 2018 California State Fair Wine Competition!