Aromas of banana, Bartlett pears, Meyer lemon and vanilla mingle with jasmine on the nose.
The palate is lush with a creamy texture and flavors of pears, key lime, white peach, vanilla and toast. The finish is long and bright.
A cool spell in August stalled harvest at the outset, but a warm September brought a mad race to the finish. 2016 was another high-quality vintage despite small volumes for some varietals due to cool, rainy weather at flowering. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at night and sorted in the vineyard.
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The juice was pumped to tank to cold-settle overnight before it was racked to barrel for primary and malolactic fermentation. The lees were stirred every two weeks to give the wine rich flavors and a creamy texture. Each barrel was hand-selected for this wine.
9 months in French and American oak barrels (55% new)
Pale straw yellow, with a golden hue, this wine’s color will deepen with age.