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Viognier Astraio, 2016. Rocca Di Montemassi

Viognier Astraio, 2016. Rocca Di Montemassi

Item #: L1219W4II
Vintage: 2016
Varietal: Astraio Viognier
Vineyard/Appellation: Tuscany, Italy
Color: Deep Gold
Nose: Lilac, Pineapple
Palate: Dense Tropical Fruit
Finish: Lush Peach, Apricot
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2020/Seafood, Vegetarian/13.0% Alcohol by Volume

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Rocca Di Montemassi is part of the Zonin portfolio of properties. They own 10 estates in Italy starting with their flagship, Zonin in the Veneto on down to Sicily as well as Chile and the US. They have been crafting great wine since 1821.

Montemassi is in the Maremma located at the southwest tip of Tuscany. It is not as famous as its neighbors, Chianti and Montalcino, but the wines fashioned here are no less spectacular. Astraio is the name of the Greek god of the stars.

In Maremma the Mediterranean Sea mediates the warm winds coming from the East and provides the perfect balance between soil and climate. Its location is so dependent on its Mediterranean proximity that it was named after the Latin word maritime - by the sea.

Maremma is a very diverse appellation, which produces many different varietals from Sangiovese and Vermentino, its indigenous varieties to Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and our Viognier.

Viognier hails from the Northern Rhone and was almost extinct in the 1970s before being revived by a small group of committed winemakers who brought this luscious grape to the rest of the world and the rest of the world loved it.

Its exotic perfume and floral properties meld with tropical and spice to present a virtual panoply of perfect flavors that thrill at every turn. The spice and floral components are immediate on the palate morphing into tropical notes and finishing with lemon zest. Extraordinary.

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