The bright acidity and minerality in this white blend offset ripe fruit characteristics to keep the wine balanced and fresh.
Varieties: 50% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Ribolla Gialla, 20% Semillon, 5% Tocai Fruilano
Vineyards: Ryans Vineyard, Vare Vineyard
Location: Napa Valley, CA
Production: 1270 cases
This wine has its trademark spice and mineral quality, with slightly less acid and extra flesh from the warm vintage. The rich Semillon really shines through. Flavors include the trademark white peach, kafir lime, lychee nut, beeswax, ripe fig and pineapple with prominent wet stones, oyster shells and freshly baled straw. Clean fresh citrusy acidity and some tropical character.
Fruit was lightly whole-cluster pressed. All four varieties were blended immediately upon dryness, racked and returned onto the lees for aging until bottling. 20% new Boutes barrels with no stirring. To preserve all of the acidity the wine was prevented from going through malolactic fermentation. After 10 months of barrel aging, the wine was filtered to prevent further malolactic fermentation before bottling.
The Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon come from Ryans Vineyard, which sits on a streak of alluvial gravel in the center of the valet floor, south part of Napa. The Ribolla Gialla and Tocai Fruilano are from the tiny Vare Vineyard, in the mouth of Napa’s Dry Creek canyon. The rocky fluvial soil and cool air drainage of the canyon work perfectly with the variety.