(STONEWALL, TEXAS) – Pedernales Cellars is pleased to announce that its 2014 Viognier Reserve will be released at a Friday, May 22 event at the winery, from noon to 5 p.m., where guests will be able to taste the wine side-by-side with the award-winning 2012 Viognier Reserve.
The 2012 Viognier Reserve was instrumental in building Pedernales Cellars’ reputation, winning a Grand Gold at the 2013 Lyon International Wine Competition – and beating out Viogniers from France’s Rhone Valley, where the varietal originated.
Due to a low Viognier yield in Texas during 2013, Pedernales Cellars was not able to release a successor to the 2012 Viognier or Viognier Reserve last year, instead creating an original five-blend wine, the 2013 Cinco. A more favorable harvest in 2014 – especially in the Texas High Plains – has allowed the winery to create successors to the 2012 Viogniers.
“We’re happy that the 2014 Viognier harvest has allowed us to produce a Viognier Reserve in time for this summer, and we’re excited about how it’s turned out,” said Pedernales Cellars winemaker and co-owner David Kuhlken.
The 2012 edition of the wine led with honey, violet, acacia and cinnamon on the nose, vanilla, toast, and butter on the palate, with an excellent, balanced finish. (Tasting notes for the recently-bottled 2014 edition will be available in mid-May.)
The 2014 Viognier Reserve is the latest in the group of white and rose wines released over the past two months, including a sister Viognier, a Vermentino (making its debut as a Pedernales Cellars varietal this year), and a Dry Rose.
For more information about Pedernales Cellars and its wines, please visit the winery’s website at www.pedernalescellars.com