Nose

Expressive aromas of citrus, honeysuckle and white flowers.

Palate

The palate is full‐ bodied and viscous with perfectly integrated flavors of Bosc pear, fresh cut apple and lemon meringue. Notes of jasmine and minerality complement the long, memorable 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. Properties:  Edward James Estate, Ritchie, Ulises Valdez, O’Connor, Slusser Clonal Selections: Wente, Bato, 15, See, Robert Young 

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2011

Winemaking

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

Aging

Aged 12 months in French oak barrels; 55% new; Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.

Appearance

An opalescent, pale straw hue.