Nose

Perfumed with golden delicious apple, pear, baking spices, caramel and a touch of exotic citrus.  

Palate

The palate is intoxicatingly powerful, offering concentrated vanilla, caramel, cinnamon and toasty spice flavors.  Layers of minerality lead to a seemingly endless finish. 

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. Clonal Selection:  Wente

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2012.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold  Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 5 months to completion  Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 15 months in François Frères, Seguin Moreau and Calvin French oak barrels; 80% ne. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.

Appearance

A tantalizing golden opal hue.