Nose

The 2006 vintage of our barrel selection from the Dinner Vineyard is perfumed with Fuji apple, crème brulèe and white flowers.

Palate

The palate is velvety and mouth-filling, with concentrated flavors of apple, pineapple, hazelnut and baked pie crust. Subtle accents of oak and white ginger are accompanied on the finish by smoky, mineral notes that contribute to the distinctive character of this wine.

Growing Conditions

2006 was slightly cooler overall than 2005 and began with delayed bud break due to a long, wet spring. The weather warmed in May, continuing through summer and into fall to provide the extended growing season needed for fruit to ripen fully. Harvest began late but was accelerated by mid-harvest rains in early October. Yields on Sonoma Mountain were lower than elsewhere in the Sonoma area.

Harvest

Hand-harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled August 2007.

Winemaking

♦ Whole cluster press; cold ♦ Barrel fermented with indigenous yeasts; 4 months to completion ♦ Concurrent spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 11 months in French oak barrels; 91% new. Aged on the lees; biweekly bâtonnage.

Appearance

Pale gold in color and viscous in the glass.