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2015 á la carte White Wine "Winemakers Blend" California
Varietals: 38% Roussane, 36% Verdelho, 26% Viognier
Vineyards: Carefully selected from two vineyards in different California AVA's, the Rousaane comes from tiny, family owned Kaye Vineyard in the Sierra foothills. The Verdelho is grown in the Contra Costa Delta of the Central Coast by thrid generation farmer, Tom Morgan. The Viognier is from Louvau Vineyard in Dry Creek Valley.
Vintage: The 2015 vintage offered excellent growing conditions. A mild winter and spring compounded with almost no rain contributed to early piening, low to moderate yields and highly concentrated grapes resulting in exceptional quality. 2015 is one of the earliest vintages we've seen in over a decade, but it will also go down as one of the best.
Fermentation: Whole cluster pressed to take and cold settled overnight then racked off heavy solids to barrels. We try to retain the perfect amount of solids for mouthfeel and complexity but not too much or the wine will be reduced. Allowed to ferment with indigenous yeast to dryness, malolactic fermentation was arrested to preserve acidity and bright ness.
Harvest Date: August 8th, 14th and September 3rd, 2015
Winemaker: Dan Fitzgerald
Assistant Winemaker: Nicole Michael
Cooperage & Aging: Aged for 6 months in neutral White barrels
Bottling: February 2016
Sensory Notes: A beautiful, pale-gold blend, honeysuckle, melon rind and orange blossom on the nose are followed with flavors of honeycomb, stone fruit and orange zest on the finish. Bright, tight and ready for summer!
TA: .69g /100ml
SRP: $15 Bottle / $180 Case