The 2007 offering opens with aromas of white peach,
honeysuckle and shortbread. 


 The bold, yeasty palate is brimming with assertive flavors of
fresh bosc pear, nectarine and lemon meringue that wrap themselves around a steely
backbone.    A sublime interplay of fruit and well‐integrated French oak leads to a finish
offering great length, along with notes of nutmeg, cedar and anise. 

Growing Conditions

The 2007 growing season was preceded by a mild, dry winter.  Bud break
came early and set a crop of small clusters and highly concentrated berries.    Summer
brought ideal weather with warm, even temperatures through veraison.  Several heat spikes
in August anticipated an early start to crush, but temperatures cooled in early September,
allowing ample time for phenolics as well as sugars to reach optimum levels.  The result was
a slow, steady harvest of exceptional quality, with wines showing great intensity and

Clonal Selections:  Old Wente, Ritchie selection


Hand‐harvested grapes


Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2009.


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


Aged 15 months in French oak barrels; 70% new; Aged sur lies, biweekly bâtonnage.