(2013 Vintage) The individual lots are barrel fermented using a combination of indigenous and inoculated yeast strains. They undergo malolactic full fermentation, and the lees are stirred twice monthly through the winter. The blend is assembled, with the primary lees, in early spring, and continues to age in French oak barrels through the summer. We at Dutton-Goldfield choose our barrels to emphasize the fruit and vineyard characteristics of the wine, rather than showcasing the oak itself. We love the ginger/nutmeg overtones of Seguin Moreau, and the buttercream components of Fouquet barrels to compliment the citrus focus of this wine. The wine is bottled in early Fall after approximately ten months in barrel.
Planet Grape(2014 Vintage) Vivid, crisp and layered with notes of lemon zest, green apple, honeydew, papaya, and crème caramel.
Planet Grape(2013 Vintage) Opulently fruity, minerally, and toasty with notes of lemon bar, white apricot, guava and buttered flatbread.
Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines(2004 Vintage) Rating: 90/100 - As reviewed by Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wines on Jun-06
Burghound(2004 Vintage) Rating: 88/100 - As reviewed by Burghound in Issue 23, Jul 01, 2006