Alluring and complex, with a sensuous
offering of tropical fruits, white flowers and
subtle spice. The nose starts modestly but
grows with ripe lemon, white peach and
orange blossom followed by notes of toast
and white pepper. On the tongue, lemon
bursts forward with pineapple and other
tropical fruit, with undertones of
vanilla. The finish is bright and zingy
and mellows with vanilla and subtle spices
in its length.
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.
We crafted this wine from some of our
finest Sauvignon Blanc blocks, primarily
from our Calistoga estate vineyards.
Located at the northern end of Napa Valley,
these vineyards experience warm days
with a cool snap each evening. Perfect for
this varietal, these conditions encourage
a lush, ripe character and fragrant aroma
development. The Viognier was sourced
from the famous Robert Young Vineyard,
located in the north central Alexander
Valley of Sonoma County.
Our Winemaker’s Select White Blend is the culmination of our finest grapes, combined with meticulous winemaking and extensive blending. “The goal with this wine is to create an exquisite balance between fruit expression, rich mouthfeel and an elegant oak impact,” says Winemaker Harry Hansen. We used small-lot barrel fermentation for a majority of the wine, stirring the lees every two to three weeks. This warmer fermentation in lightly toasted barrels brings out rich tropical notes in the Sauvignon Blanc and leaves complex layers of spice.