2013 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.

During the 2013 season the fruit to developed 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.


A pure and fesh experession of Viognier. A lively wine, it has wonderful floral and spicy aromas. The palate is fullbodied and it has a long finish.It was fermented in stainless steel, so there is no oak to cover fruit. Learn more ...

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

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
Elizabeth Jones Assistant Vineyard Manager
Jim and Pat Holmes   Grapegrower
Charlies Hoppes Consultant - Winemaking
Mitch Venohr Consultant - WInemaking
Hilary Sojlund Consultant - Enology

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