Designed to age, we refer to this special design as a “red-wine drinkers white”. Intriguing aromas of honeyed herb tea over spice, minerals, mangoes and melon with notes of quince, clove and white fig. Add to that is the added complexity, depth and texture that the extended oak aging contributes (no woody, oaky, or toasty elements)
A perfect compliment to the Bordeaux styled red wines of Cabernet, Franc, Merlot. This is modeled after the greatest white, Haut Brion Blanc. This wine is built to age perhaps even better than most of its red counterparts. This is made from the same vineyard that Mitch Cosentino made the 1993 White Meritage “The Novelist” for his old namesake winery. The ’93 today is an amazingly young balanced wine that is nearly perfect in 2014 at the age of 21 years!
The Sauvignon Blanc portion was fermented cold and slowlyin a stainless tank and partially barrel aged. The Semillon component was completely fermented in special oak barrels made in France for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
It was then aged on the lees and stirred weekly. The blend was made only a few weeks before bottling. There was NO secondary malolactic fermentation involved.