A warm summer, sunny and mild, boded well as grapes matured along a normal ripening curve. We were lucky and picked our grapes early before the rains and cool temperatures lingered. Thus we benefited from an idyllic summer, fully ripening without high sugar levels, making delicious and generous wines.
THE VINEYARDS: This appellation blend is crafted from the fruit of several Dutton family properties in the Green Valley, the coolest sub-appellation of the Russian River Valley. In addition, we sourced select fruit from the Sangiacomo family's vineyard in the Sonoma Coast, a cool and breezy site that produces wines of terrific fruit concentration. THE WINE: A bright golden color with tints of green, the wine has a nose that delivers stone fruits, toast, honeysuckle and hints of vanilla. The palate is broad and full with flavors of pear, lemon curd, and melon that lead into a lively, fruity finish.
Grenache Blanc is native to Spain and not grown much around Napa. But why constrain ourselves? We trucked this fruit up from Santa Ynez in Southern California, where the varietal is more widely grown. The vigorously growing varietal was well-pruned to concentrate the flavors. We picked it on October 21-late for a white wine-to get it quite ripe, but not a day later.
Grapes pressed whole cluster and fermented in 100% French oak barrels utilizing 30% new/70% used oak. Aged for nine months. The wine was stirred once every two weeks until one month prior to bottling. Analysis: Alcohol 14.3% Acidity 6.1 gr/L pH 3.8
2013 Naked Winery "Foreplay" Rogue Valley, Oregon Chardonnay 750 mL
Manufacturer: Naked Winery
Brand: Naked Winery
A warm summer, sunny and mild, boded well as grapes matured along a normal ripening curve. We were lucky and picked our fruit early before the rains and cool temperatures lingered. Thus we benefited from an idyllic summer, fully ripening without high sugar levels, making delicious and generous wines.
2011 Rasa Vineyards "The Lyricist" Riesling 750 mL
Manufacturer: Rasa Vineyards
Brand: Rasa Vineyards
At the party there were those sage souls who swam along the bottom like those huge white fish who live for hundreds of years but have no fun. They are nearly blind and need the cold. William was a stingray guarding his cave. Only those prepared for mortal battle came close to him. Closer to the surface the smaller fish played, swimming in mixed patterns only a god could decipher. They gossiped and fed and sparred and consumed, and some no doubt even spawned. It's a life filled with agitation, thrills, melodrama and twittery, but too soon it's over. And nothing's revealed because it was never known.