Nose

The wine has lifted aromas of yellow apple, freshly cut pear, lemon oil, vanilla almond butter and wet stone.

Palate

Rich, round and focused on the palate, layers of ripe fruit continue to emerge through the bright and mineral driven finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Harvest

Hand harvested at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster to press, cold  Barrel fermented, indigenous yeasts, 5 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels, 64% new. Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, and Seguin Moreau

Appearance

Deep golden straw in color,