Nose

This wine is seductively aromatic with golden delicious apple, rich caramel, custard and baked apple pie.   

Palate

The richly textured, creamy palate is layered with sugared lemon zest and stone fruit and a touch of toasty spice.  These succulent flavors reign over a lingering finish accented with wet slate.

Growing Conditions

2010 began with a wet winter and spring across Sonoma County.  Summer was cool, though as harvest approached temperatures rose.   Our pinot noir and chardonnay ripened fully and evenly, allowing sugars and acid to develop in balance.   The wines from 2010 are bright, expressive and elegant.  

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold  Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion  Voluntary malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 75% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage. Coopers: Cadus, François Frères and Louis Latour

Appearance

Pale straw in color.