2016 Vin de Paille
Our extremely rare Domaine Artefact Vin de Paille Dessert Wine has beautiful aromas of honeysuckle, gardenia, lemon and ginger. On the palate it is sweet and viscous with flavors of honey, ginger, and marmalade. This wine is balanced by bright acidity that carry on a long citrus finish. Vin de Paille is French for “straw wine”.
This dessert wine is extremely rare because we can only make it in years when conditions are PERFECT. The grapes need hot and dry conditions in order to desiccate and 2016 provided these unique conditions. We attempted to make this wine in 2017 and in 2018 without success.
- Vintage: 2016
- Varietals: 50% Grenache Blanc and 50% Viognier
- AVA: South Coast, San Diego County
- Vineyard: Domaine Artefact
- Acidity: grams per liter
- Alcohol Percentage: 14.7%
- Harvest: October of 2016
- Cases Produced:
Winemaker Mark Robinson names the Vin de Paille for the process, where select fruit clusters are dried on a bed of straw to concentrate sugars without sacrificing acidity. A blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier from his Highland Valley estate, it features dried apricot, peach, orange blossom, marzipan and spice on a viscous palate tempered with bright acid. The finish is clean and invites you back for more. A fine solo dessert glass.
92 points – Rich Cook, Dec 26, 2017