2017 UTOPIA

$18.65

The Wine:

A dry Vignoles that is actually dry (less than 1 gram of sugar per liter, perceptibly drier than so-called “dry” Vignoles from other producers that often have more than 5 times the amount of sugar).  Aged in stainless steel tanks to preserve the grape’s distinctive pineapple character.  The label features a painting of our vineyard by famed local landscape artist Billyo O’Donnell.  [residual sugar: less than 0.1%]

The Grape:

Vignoles (pronounced veen-YOLE) produces moderate-sized, compact clusters, and in Missouri it is typically picked near the end of August or early September.  This grape produces a wine that has a luscious floral aroma and fruity flavors of pineapple, pears, and apricot.

Ravat 51 is the original name of the Vignoles grape. It was bred in France around 1930 by J.F. Ravat, and was brought to the U.S. in 1949. As of 2011, it was the second most widely planted wine grape in Missouri.

Blumenhof began growing Vignoles in 1983 at our main vineyard in Treloar, Missouri.  In 1987 we planted an additional acre in Dutzow (the vines closest to the winery).  We currently have 4 acres of Vignoles planted in our vineyards.

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Awards

Prior Vintages

SILVER MEDAL – 2017 Missouri Wine Competition

BRONZE MEDAL – 2017 Mid-American Wine Competition

Tasting Notes

Honeydew Melon, Pineapple, Green Apple

Pairing Suggestions

Cheese: Sharp Cheddar, Gouda, Camembert, Ricotta

Entrée: Roast Chicken, Pork Schnitzel, Blackened CatfishFettuccine Alfredo

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