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Late Harvest Napa Valley 2010

Late Harvest Napa Valley 2010


The Late Harvest is made out of two varietals, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. They are left on the vines for an extended period of time, for a fungus called botrytis, the noble rot, to grow on the skins. Botrytis creates channels through which water can evaporate in order to concentrate the grape with sugar. Our Late Harvest is a typical Sauternes style of wine, but our goal is to make sure to have enough acidity to balance the sweetness.

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About This Wine:
Color: deep yellow gold with touches of orange and grey on the rim


On the nose: orange blossom, apricot, honey and white chocolate with tarragon, fresh cut grass and walnuts evolving on white truffle and brioche

On the palate: round, soft entrance evolving on a fresh backbone of acidity with touches of beeswax, apricot and mango, lingering on quinine and star fruit

 

Wine Profile:

Blend:
Sauvignon Blanc 55%, Semillon 45%

Winemaker Notes:


2010 was a very cool vintage with high levels of acidity which protect fragile aromas and give a great backbone to the wine. The growing season allowed the aromatics to be a little less ripe and more subtle and fresh because at no time was the grape burned by heat. The consequences are a well balanced wine with lower alcohol levels imparting components of all that is great about the Napa Valley terroir.
There were a few early rains in October that stared botrytis on white varietals. We had to wait until December for this noble rot to establish itself at a high enough percentage where it dehydrated the berry and concentrated with sugar.

 

 

 
 

 

 

 
 
 
 

 

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