Nose

Once again classic perfumed aromas of Chenin shine through--apple, peach, honey, and mineral.

Palate

A lively and firm structure. Refreshing is a character I seek in all my wines, but I can offer no better example than this one to confirm that goal.

Growing Conditions

After the marvelous 2012 vintage, we were rewarded again in 2013, with a nearly perfect growing season. A warm dry spring got the vines off to an early start and also set an excellent crop. That early start translated into an early harvest as well, beginning with our Sauvignon Blanc and Albariño on August 29, followed a couple of weeks later with our Chenin. Sold out.

Bottling

Bottling Date: March 10, 2014.

Winemaking

I treated our Chenin Blanc in a similar fashion as our Albariño and Sauvignon Blanc. Whole-cluster pressing gently releases the juice that ferments in stainless steel with a yeast selected to accentuate the fruitiness and wonderful aromatics of the grape. Fermentation: 15 days at 50º

Aging

After fermentation, a portion continues to age in stainless steel barrels as well as old neutral French oak barrels to add some texture and richness. 75% Stainless Steel 25% Neutral Oak

Appearance

Very pale straw in color, our 2013 offers a racier version than the more opulent 2012.