Aromas of ripe peach and summer flowers, layered with wisps of creamy lemon oil, leap out of the glass.
The wine’s smooth, rich viscosity and superfine minerality carry sophisticated notes of white nectarine, pear and honeysuckle across the palette. The lingering finish reveals flavors end with a light caramel, hazelnut and hints of Key lime zest
There was early excitement for the 2012 vintage as growing conditions in Napa Valley were nearly perfect for bud break and bloom. As a result, the vines set a generous amount of clusters, gracing us with higher than normal yields. The ensuing warm yet mild summer provided an extended ripening period resulting in extraordinary quality that beams with bright colors and balances rich, extracted flavors with a fresh acidity. Vineyards: Pahlmeyer Waters Ranch, Atlas Peak Vineyard, Stagecoach Vineyard Sold out.
Bottled Aug. 21, 2013; it was neither fined nor sterile filtered, hence a possibly cloudy appearance.
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After overnight settling, the juice was racked to barrels for 100% native yeast barrel fermentation followed by malolactic fermentation.
The wine was aged in 85% new French oak barrels for eleven months on the lees and stirred weekly.