Nose

This wine has pristine aromas of crisp apple, lemon peel, rain water and apricot tart.

Palate

The opulent palates is framed by layers of caramel, fig tart, and notes of all-spice, balanced with racy acidity that leads to a long, flinty finish.

Growing Conditions

2013 was a phenomenal growing season in just about every way. A warm, dry spring led to early bud break, limited canopy vigor and berry size, and created ideal conditions through bloom and fruit set. An abundance of long sunny days, with only one heat spike in early July, resulted in even ripening and an early harvest with exceptional flavor development. The 2013 vintage offers very high quality wines that are striking in their balance and expression. Clonal Selection: Wente

Harvest

Hand harvested at night.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2015

Winemaking

 Whole cluster to press, cold  Barrel fermented, indigenous yeasts, 4 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation

Aging

Aged 12 months in French oak barrels, 58% new. Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage. Coopers: François Frères, Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, and Seguin Moreau

Appearance

Deep golden straw in color.