Late Harvest Napa Valley 2006
About This Wine
On the nose: Explosion of dried apricots, white peaches, pineapples, mangoes balanced with roasted cashews, orange zest, marzipan with quince, rosemary
On the palate: Sensual entrance evolving on a bright acidity lingering on a coated palate with touches of quinine, honey, grapefruit, strawberry reduction
Blend: 70% Sauvignon Blanc, 30% Semillon
Fermentation: 70% barrel fermented, 30% stainless steel fermented
Aging: 8 months in French oak
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.