2012 Viognier Ciel de Cheval Vineyard, Red Mountain



While Viognier is one of the classic grape varieties in the Rhone valley of France, its introduction to Washington State has been relatively recent.  Ciel du Cheval decided to plant three acres of Viognier in 1994.  The vineyard was looking for another white varietal that would thrive and produce a wine of distinct character. It was an immediate success. Starting with the first harvest in 1997, Viognier from the vineyard proved to be outstanding. In 2000, Ciel du Cheval expanded its Viognier planting.

The 2012 season marked a return to a normal weather pattern after two very cool years. This allowed the fruit to develop a great flavor profile while maintaining high acid levels. Hand harvested and sorted, the grapes were whole cluster pressed to produce a juice that had low astringency. It was cold fermented until dry in stainless steel.The wine was bottled shortly after fermentation was completed to preserve the natural characteristics of the fruit.


Notes of pear, apricot and chamomile on the nose give way to apples and minerality on the palate. The near perfect fall weather preserved the natural acid of the grapes contributing crispness and a long lingering finish. 90 pts, Wine Enthusiast. Learn more ...

Varietal100% Viognier
AppellationRed Mountain
VineyardCiel du Ceval
FermentationCold Fermentation in Stainless Steel
Volume750 ml

Wine Enthustiast  - 90 points  Ciel du Cheval— one of Washington’s top vineyards—now has its own wine label, and this lush Viognier is the first release. A rich array of fruit runs from orange peel and pineapple into more tropical flavors of guava and mango. It was whole-cluster pressed, and the skin flavors add grip to the finish. Editors’ Choice. —P.G.

2012 Production Team

A grower owned winery, Côtes de Ciel was founded in 2012 by the Holmes family of Ciel du Cheval Vineyards. At Côtes de Ciel, we believe that all wine starts its journey in the vineyard and moves through the winery. Throughout this process, many people make a significant contribution and impact on the wine. Below are a few of the key people that impacted the 2012 vintage.

Richard Holmes Winemaker
Ryan Johnson Vineyard Manger
Sadie Drury Assistant Vineyard Manager
Jim and Pat Holmes   Grapegrower
Charlies Hoppes Consultant - Winemaking
Mitch Venohr Consultant - WInemaking
Hilary Sojlund Consultant - Enology

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