Late Harvest Napa Valley 2006
About This Wine:
Color: Bright, shiny yellow gold with touches of orange
On the nose: Explosion of dried apricot, white peach, pineapple and mango balanced with roasted cashew, orange zest and marzipan with quince and rosemary
On the palate: Sensual entrance evolving on a bright acidity lingering on a coated palate with touches of quinine, honey, grapefruit and strawberry reduction
Blend: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon
2006 was a fairly mild year with some heavy rain in late December. The temperatures were moderate through spring, which led to a 12 day heat spell in July with record temperatures. The vines shut down and it took the entire crop a little more time to ripen, especially after rain in October. Overall temperatures were mild and harvest was two weeks late. The slow ripening gave wine with a lot of aromas and beautiful acidity (the malic acid was well preserved). We could extract quite a bit while keeping a very elegant wine.