Tench, Hyde, Hudson, Stagecoach Vineyards
10 months Sur Lie Barrel Aged
35% Stainless Steel Drums, 55% Neutral French Oak Barrels, 10% New French Oak Barrels
2011 Napa Valley Proprietary White
Citrus, meringue with faint bourbon toast. Rich, soft and layered. This blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay and Viognier is refreshing and with enough character to pair well with food.
Winemaker: Jay Bouncristiani
Vineyard: Tench, Hyde, Hudson & Stagecoach
Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay & Viognier
Harvest timing was essential, allowing for full flavor development and phenolic maturity in the four varieties. Once the desired flavors were at their peak, the fruit was hand harvested in the early cold morning and gently whole-cluster pressed. The juice was then slowly fermented by both native and specially selected yeast in a combination of small stainless steel drums and French oak barrels. Upon dryness, barrel stirring of the lees commenced to increase the complexity of the aromas and mouthfeel. Malolactic activity was suppressed so as to preserve the true aromas and flavors and maintain the crisp acidity in the finish. The multiple barrel and stainless steel components were then blended and bottled after 10 months of sur lie aging.
Complex aromas of lemon zest, white peach, caramelized pear, orange sherbert, floral muscat, apricot and lemon meringue entice the senses. On the palate, a creamy texture leads the way to layered flavors of mango, green apple, honeysuckle and graham cracker pie crust. Zesty citrus flavors, tropical fruit and ultra bright acidity linger in the crisp and clean finish.
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