Grapes are hand-harvested from select vineyards - roughly one third each Sonoma Coast, Russian River, and Carneros AVAs. The Sonoma Coast portion is cut selections from our Marine Layer designated wines, including Bohemian, Heintz, Gaps Crown and Marine Layer Estate vineyards. The Russian River component is based on Old Wente clone vines planted on Goldridge soils. Rounding out the blend is a cool (for the AVA) Carneros site with gravelly soils and a direct maritime influence from the San Francisco Bay.
The wine was fermented in a combination of stainless steel tank, neutral oak puncheon, and barrel. Malolactic fermentation was followed by aging in French oak barrels (mostly Damy with some Cavin and Tremeaux), 30% of which were new, with occasional lees stirring. The wine aged for 10 months in barrel before the final blend was assembled.
TASTING NOTES |
Chamomile, citrus zest, and tropical aromas are followed by flavors of yellow apples, kaffir lime and dried pineapple flavors. The wine is rich and persistent while remaining taut with salinity.
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