Nose

Intense aromatics of honeysuckle, lily, vanilla and fresh melon in this luscious wine.

Palate

A flush of roasted peaches, buttermilk ice cream and hint of sugared grapefruit are presented on a silky entry and smooth, well-mannered texture. Notes of rich toasted almonds and pecans linger throughout the wine’s long finish.

Growing Conditions

There was early excitement for the 2012 vintage as growing conditions throughout the North Coast were nearly perfect for bud break and bloom. The vines set a generous load of clusters and a warm, mild summer provided an extended ripening period resulting in extraordinary quality that beams with bright colors and balances rich, extracted flavors with fresh acidity. Vineyard: Pahlmeyer Wayfarer, Ritchie, Pahlmeyer Waters and Atlas Peak Sold out.

Bottling

Bottled Aug. 15, 2012.

Winemaking

The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After settling overnight, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malo-lactic fermentation.

Aging

The wine was aged in 85% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees, which were stirred weekly.

Appearance

Brilliant hues of golden straw.