Nose

Aromas of Granny Smith apple, citrus and orange blossom that carry through over a viscous, firmly‐structured palate.   

Palate

Notes of lemon custard and white flowers add complexity, with oak playing a supporting role.  Subtle impressions of nutmeg and minerals lengthen an elegant finish.

Growing Conditions

2008 began with an exceptionally dry spring and early bud break.  Frosts in April significantly lowered cluster counts. Weather stabilized and warmed through summer, with warmer temperatures continuing through harvest.  A smaller crop of high quality fruit was able to ripen fully and evenly, developing an excellent balance of sugars and acid.  Overall, the 2008 wines are bright and expressive with well‐articulated flavors.

Harvest

Hand‐harvested grapes.

Bottling

Unblended, unfined and unfiltered; bottled January 2010.

Winemaking

ƒ Whole cluster, direct to press, cold ƒ Barrel‐fermented with indigenous yeasts; 7 months to completion ƒ Concurrent, spontaneous malolactic fermentation in barrels

Aging

Aged 16 months in Damy and François Frères French oak barrels; 61% new. Aged sur lies; biweekly bâtonnage.

Appearance

Crystalline pale straw color.