The aroma is abundant with tropical notes reminiscent of citrus, lime, lemon zest, honeydew melon, white peach, ripe pear, and lemon grass.
The flavors are nicely balanced with lemon, lime, melon and green apple. With great body, the wine has good acidity with an excellent clean finish. There is a great balance of fruit and brightness.
The winter was one of the driest on record for the Napa Valley. When we did get rain however, it came right at the time the vines need it the most, promoting bud break and new shoot growth. The balance of the season was moderate to warm. The crop was abundant and the fruit ripened about two weeks early in most cases. We were thankful for a wonderful harvest yielding great wines with immense depth of flavor.
76% stainless steel fermentation at 50-62° F for 14 days; 24% barrel fermentation at 68-72ºF for 7 days. No malolactic fermentation.
Stainless steel and older French oak barrels; average barrel time was 87 days.
Vibrant green-straw color is brilliantly displayed in the flint claret bottle.