Daily Wine 6/1/17:
Favia – Suize – Viognier – Amador – 2012
- Favia is based out of the Coombsville AVA (American Viticultural Area) in the southeastern edge of Napa Valley.
- This wine ages for 20 months and is allowed to ferment naturally in a combination of neutral oak barrels and stainless steel.
- The wine is names after Marie Suize, who searched for gold in and around Amador during the California gold rush.
- Favia is a collaboration between Annie Favia and Andy Erickson. Their philosophy is to make wines with soul and that express the land from which they came.
- Viognier (vee-oh-nay) is best known for its presence in the Northern Rhône Valley of France, particularly the appellation of Condrieu.
- The grape at one point had just a handful of hectares of vines left in existence. Georges Vernay saw a future in the grape that most didn’t and revived it to be also produced in Australia and California. Viognier makes one of the most expressive and complex white wines.