It is richly scented with honeysuckle, lychee and minerals.  


expansive palate opens with concentrated flavors of Anjou pear and fresh fig; subtle accents
of raw almond, butterscotch and lemon blossom unfold in silky succession to add
complexity.  Intense minerality and bright acidity emerge on the mid‐palate, lengthening a
spicy finish. 

Growing Conditions

2009 began with an abundance of spring rain followed by mild, steady
summer temperatures that set the stage for nearly ideal pinot noir and chardonnay growing
conditions.  The well‐set fruit ripened slowly allowing for an excellent balance of sugars and
acids to develop.     The resulting wines can be characterized as elegant and rich with
profound depth and structure.

Clonal Selection:  Wente


Hand‐harvested grapes.


Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011.


 Whole cluster, direct to press, cold
 Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 6 months to completion
 Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels


Aged 15 months in François Frères and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels; 86% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.


Glistening pale gold in color.