American Wild Ale Aged on Viognier Juice
As we push further in our development of beer/wine hybrids, the Oenobier series focuses on different varieties of wine grapes while drawing inspiration from the body and drinking experience of classic wines and champagnes. This series is informed by our past work with beers like Stroka, Bug Valley, Terroir Project: Rkatsiteli and Oenobier's first iteration, which was created with our friends from Monkish.
Viognier grapes are perhaps most known for being grown in the Condrieu Region of the Rhône Valley in Southern France. A fickle grape, Viognier thrives in regions with rocky soil and long, warm growing seasons that allow the grapes to fully ripen and showcase their intense aromatic quality.
Oenobier: Viognier displays the full diversity of this unique varietal. Perfumed floral aromas of honeysuckle, dried rose petal and geranium leap from the glass as a swirl reveals deeper tones of wet oak, fleshy stone fruit and exotic starfruit. A soft, initial start to the palate presents delicate tangerine and lemon that build in intensity with highlights of fresh biscuits and ripe white peach developing mid-palate. As with Viognier wines, Oenobier: Viognier finishes with a touch of earthy minerality to balance its savory fruit flavors. Striking pale straw in color with noticeable effervescence, Oenobier: Viognier is light in body with a crisp, semi-dry finish.