Two of the Milbrandt brothers’ best sites for Rhône varieties — Talcott (82%) and the better-known Clifton vineyard — make up this remarkable Viognier. The pick came Sept. 20, and it all ended up barrel fermented, 20% of the lot received new French oak. That accounts for the nose-filling aromas of orange marmalade, vanilla cream and toast. The real attraction comes on the remarkable palate, which is akin to rush Orange Slice candy with a bit of toasted oak and vanilla in the midpalate, backed by delicious acidity and sweet spices. Make no mistake, it’s finished dry, and winemaker Joshua Maloney suggests pairing this with clams or mussels.
Production: 620 cases