Nose

orange peel and orange blossom aromas commingling with refined floral notes of honeysuckle

Harvest

Despite a massive downpour in November 2014, California suffered yet another year of drought conditions with average rainfall in 2015 well below average. Lack of rain and a mild winter led to early bud break which pushed harvest up a couple of weeks earlier than normal. Cool temperatures in May hampered pollination in the vineyards leading to very low yields as much as 50% lighter than average. A few short heat spells in July, August and September ensured an early harvest with no issues getting fruit ripe before the El Nino rains that started in November. Despite low yields and drought conditions, quality in the 2015 vintage is very high with deep concentration of flavors.

Winemaking

Whole cluster pressed Cold Fermentation: Epernay 2 yeast @ 48-52F in Stainless Steel Fermenter Fermentation & Ageing: 5 months, stainless steel tank Fermentation halted at 5 º brix