(2014 Vintage) Winemaker Hugh Chappelle ascribes to the practice that harvesting grapes at various stages of ripeness affords the winemaker a more diverse palette to employ for crafting a wine. In 2014, there was a bounty to work with as harvest stretched over three weeks. The picks of the two clones, Musqué and Clone 1, began before dawn each day. Depending on the fruit, a mix of both whole cluster and destemmed fruit was used. Fermentations occurred between 59 and 64 degrees with about 70% of the new wine spending time in stainless and the remainder barrel fermented in a mix of neutral French oak and acacia wood. The acacia added a touch of spice to the wine while aging on the lees for four months imparted texture to this complex Sauvignon Blanc.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California WinesElements of melons and fresh figs combine with a light wisp of sweet oak and subtle notes of grass in the complex and nicely composed aromas of this wholly engaging effort, and its fairly deep flavors follow right in step. If fleshy and full on the palate, it is still entirely refined in manner, and its overall balance and sense of restraint make it an ideal choice for service with a wide range of white-fleshed fish preparations. GOOD VALUE