Late Harvest Napa Valley 2008
About This Wine:
Color: Bright and shiny yellow gold with hints of green and straw
On the nose: Explosion of apple cider, apricot, quince, mango, fresh cut grass, honey, fresh basil and tea leaf
On the palate: Tender entrance evolving on a soft mouth feel balanced with fresh acidity and touches of quince, apricot and pineapple lingering on tangerine, white nectarine, honey and orange
Blend: 55% Sauvignon Blanc, 45% Semillon
In 2008 California faced one of its most dramatic growing seasons in years; including, the worst frost in 30 years, heat waves, wildfire smoke and early rain. Warm temperatures, combined with the low yields due to frost, created great concentration.
In retrospect, 2008 ended up being an exceptional year for quality, but the year will not be remembered for abundance. If you didn't get hit by frost in April, heat during bloom in May, or dehydration due to heat in August, it was a lovely growing season. We had great botrytis on the late harvest varietals, and due to the low yield year with small berry size, we had very high concentration in this vintage. This concentration allowed us to protect the great finesse of these varietals with very exotic fruit on the nose.