Nose

A bouquet of ripe pear, orange blossom, vanilla, crème brûlée, and roasted almonds fills the glass.

Palate

The bright and creamy palate boasts peach, honeysuckle, and a hint of cinnamon before giving way to a long and silky finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season has been described by many as “textbook perfect”. Temperate summer days moderated plant growth, contributing to smaller cluster and berry size during lag phase, leading to increased concentration of flavors. An idyllic Indian summer finished the maturation process, producing fruit with exceptional character and intensity.

Harvest

Hand harvested at night

Bottling

Unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2014.

Winemaking

 Whole cluster to press, cold  Barrel-fermented, indigenous yeasts, 6 months to completion  Spontaneous malolactic fermentation concurrent with alcoholic fermentation

Aging

Aged 15 months in French Oak barrels, 59% new. Aged sur lies with biweekly bâtonnage. Coopers: Cadus, Damy, Louis Latour, Francois Frères.

Appearance

Bright pale straw in color.