Late Harvest Napa Valley 2011
About This Wine
On the nose: explosion of honey, apricots, marzipan lingering on lemon zest, grass
On the palate: round, silky entrance evolving on honey, citrus with touches of orange, cashew
Blend: 69% Semillon 31% Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley faced myriad challenges in 2011. A cool and wet spring delayed the growing season and also created major shatter. The positive is it allowed the vine to concentrate its effort into the remaining clusters and give them intense flavors. Summer temperatures rarely rose above 90° F. By the beginning of September, the season was weeks behind the norm, but it really helped the balance between acidity and ripeness, protecting the acidity from being burned.