(From 2008 Vintage) Bright, straw-green colored hue. The clean freshness of the nose opens up with ivid fruit aromas of green apples, pears, peaches, and a touch of quince and kiwi. The palate echoes the bright fruit bouquet braced by crisp acidity and a lngering minerality. The finish brings the fruit,balance and finesse of this wine full circle.
(From 2008 Vintage) After a gentle pressing with the aid of stems, the wine was inoculated in stainless steel tanks before a slow, cold fermentation occurred in French oak barrels primarily, with one quarter fermenting in stainless steel. After two months of sur-lie aging and batonnage to elevate the mouthfeel of the mid-palate, the wine underwent only 28% malolactic fermentation to retain its bright acidity. The wine was aged in 100% French oak (55% new, 11 cooperages) for 4.5 months before bottling.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesLimited green-apple fruit is met by a wispy note of oaky spice in both the narrow aromas and dry-edged flavors of this decidedly underplayed effort. Clean, but fairly brief and slightly chalky at the finish, it lacks the substance and depth to do anything but fade further with age.