Light gold color. Fresh apple and pear fruit aromas, honeysuckle flowers, and green tea. Juicy and tart green apple on entry, lemon zest, and exotic spices. Long, intense finish. EB (11/19)
The Adelaida District is well-suited to growing superb roussanne. Located in the hills west of Paso Robles, thirteen miles from the Pacific Ocean, its limestone sub-soils produce wines with excellent mineral character. Picked at moderate ripeness so as to ferment dry, this beautiful wine held its refreshing acidity. This, our first roussanne, is enjoyable now and will drink well for the next five years.
The Adelaida district is well-suited to growing superb rhône varieties. Located in the hills west of Paso Robles, its limestone sub-soils produce wines with excellent mineral character. Paso Robles is the epicenter of new rhône plantings in California. We are fortunate to be able to source grapes from Adelaida Vineyards, who planted grenache blanc, roussanne, viognier, and picpoul blanc among other more established varieties such as grenache noir, syrah and mourvedre (mataro). The vineyard lies on the limestone hills of the Adelaida district, 13 miles from the Pacific coast. Warm days, cool nights, and balanced vines promote great acidity in the grapes.
Rainfall: 20 inches (above normal)
Bloom: Late May
Weather: Spring rains helped the vines get through a warm summer; fall was mild.
Harvest Dates: 14 September
Grapes: Average Brix 23.7˚
Fermentation: 100% direct-to-press whole cluster fermentation. Natural primary finished in December 2018, secondary finished by end of March 2019.
Barrels: 100% air-dried American oak barrels (25% new and 75% three years-old).
Aging: Eleven months in barrel
Hand-harvested grapes; whole-cluster pressed; fermented on the native yeasts; full malolactic on the naturally occurring bacteria; oak from barrel aging; minimum effective sulfur. Pad filtered at bottling. In keeping with our philosophy of minimal intervention, this is the sum of our actions.
Average Rating: 90.8
No. of Tasting Notes: 9
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