2016 Vieux Carre (Orange Wine)

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2016 Vieux Carre (Orange Wine)
2016 Vieux Carre (Orange Wine)
Vieux Carre is a term for the oldest part of the French Quarter in New Orleans. This method to create the wine is an old style of wine making.
Tasting notes

Color: Deep yellow.

Aromas: Unique on this wine with dark honey, banana chips, rooibos (red tea), coriander seed and some light florals. 

Taste: This is a medium bodied wine with dried apricot, dried banana on the palate.  There are some toasty and honeyed notes on the palate as well.  The flavors flow throughout the palate and into the finish.  Fitting with the style of wine, there is some light dusty tannin that accompanying the flavors on the finish.

Production notes


The viognier was destemmed into fermentation bins.  After a brief cold soak, the grapes were inoculated with yeast.  The fermentation took place on the skins over the course of 8 days.  When the fermentation was done, the grapes were pressed and the wine was aged in barrel for 8 months.

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Varietal Composition100% Viognier
AppellationLoudoun County, VA
VineyardBreaux Vineyards
AgingBarrel for 8 months
Wine StyleOrange
Volume750 ml
Bottling Date06/26/2017
Cases Produced133

2016 Virginia Commercial Grape Report Season Summary

Virginia’s 2016 growing season followed a generally challenging winter, with significant snowfall and low temperatures in January and February. Three solid weeks of late winter/early spring rains were followed by a late frost in the first and second weeks of April. The late frost was especially damaging to smaller growers, many of whom lost their entire crops for the year. A hotter than usual summer, especially in late July and early August, presented growers with another set of challenges, especially as rain was intense but infrequent during this period.

A late start to winter, as well as an overall warmerthan-usual November and December, extended the time available for harvest, with many growers not completing their harvest before the end of November when students from Virginia Commonwealth University began reaching out to them to collect data for this report. Cold weather didn’t truly arrive until the second week of December, when temperatures stayed consistently below freezing for the first time in the 2016 season. 

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