In the glass, the 2016 Alexander Valley Pinot Blanc is a pale lemon color with hints of gold on the edges. Dominating the nose, ripe fruit flavors of green apple, stone fruit, mango, and melon are most apparent. More delicate notes of white flowers and bright citrus shine through, and create balanced aromas in the glass. On the palate, bright acidity, and bit of creaminess create a round mouthfeel which pairs perfectly with the stone fruit flavors. Luscious and bright, this wine is a good example of Alexander Valley Pinot Blanc - best enjoyed in the near future.
Tucked in a sheltered cove at the northern end of Alexander Valley on the western base of the Mayacamas mountain range, the famous Robert Young Vineyard has a long history of growing superior grapes in its fine alluvial loam soils. The grapes for this Pinot Blanc come from 20 year old vines.
The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. Following a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, in mid-September. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.
Fermented in combination of stainless steel barrel and neutral French Oak barrels.