Et Fille Wines 2015 Viognier
A father and daughter, hand in hand
It was the year 2000. The powerful and emotional animated short, "Father and Daughter" won an Academy Award. And Jessica Mozeico decided to join her dad, Howard, in the winery to help him make his latest batch of wine.
Three years later, they made it official and Et Fille ("and daughter") Wines was born -along with a hand-in-hand logo inspired by the film and crafted by filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit.
Howard had been a software engineer, making wine as a hobby as far back as 1984. Jessica started her career doing marketing in the biotechnology industry. Both had pursued careers that combined science with creativity - a perfect background for making wine.
Today, throughout the winemaking process, father and daughter work side by side. They sort and punch down the grapes together. They taste every barrel together. They bottle together. It's a partnership that lives up to the name.
As Jessica says, "having the two of us involved in each stage of the winemaking process allows us to bring two perspectives and two palates- to our wines. For us, two is better than one."
Cellar 503 Tasting Notes
Et Fille Wines, Newberg, Oregon
Contrary to popular belief, Viognier is a versatile, hardy grape that can thrive in both warm weather and cool-climate zones. In Oregon, it's mostly grown in southern Oregon, with just 39 acres planted in the Willamette Valley. That's not much, but what you'll find is crisp and clean, not overly floral.
The Et Fille Viognier is from the Deux Vert Vineyard in the Yamhill-Carlton AVA. Best as we can determine, this dry-farmed, sustainably grown and LIVE certified vineyard has the oldest plantings of Viognier and Syrah in Yamhill County and perhaps the whole state!
This wine is a great example of what Viognier can be when it's grown in a cool climate. You still get the famous lush aromatics but they're balanced by lean acidity and minerality. The aromas of Asian pear and tropical fruits are followed by a complex palate of white peach, grapefruit and tangerine. It has great acid and a surprising depth of flavor. Goes beautifully with seafood and spicy foods.