- 90 points - Jeb Dunnuck
- Gold Medal - 2017 Orange County Fair Commercial Wine Competition
- Gold Medal and "Best of Roussanne" - 2017 Central Coast Wine Competition
- Double Gold, 94 points - 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition
The bouquet highlights essence of golden delicious apple, Musk melon, almond liqueur and crushed chamomile. Notes of spiced citrus and waxy nectarine weave through a full yet refreshing palate. Hints of Bosc pear, canded lemon and apple butter are underscored by a soft minerality that lead to a polished, lingering finish.
Aiming to preserve the intense fruit and aromatics of the variety, this Roussanne was fermented and aged in 100% stainless steel. Hand-picked in the early morning, the cold grapes were pressed within moments after coming off the vine. Following juice settling, a long, cold fermentation commenced. Malolactic fermentation was inhibited to preserve acidity, keeping the wine fresh and crisp.
The 2016 vintage was a roller coaster ride of temperature swings. We started off with a very early and warm Spring that woke the vines up very fast. No frost issues, everything went very smoothly! The vines had great flowering and berry set, and unlike the 2015 vintage, we had a nice and big crop. To put things into perspective; the Merlot in previous years averaged around two tons per acre. This year we pulled in around five and a half tons per acre!
In late June we had a period of triple digit heat which helped kick verasion into gear. We were thinking we would have one of the earliest harvests on the books but then we had a pretty mild summer. Cool weather continued about two-thirds of the way through August, and the vintage finished relatively cool. This cooler weather was nice for a couple of reasons. First is that the grapes did not accumulate sugar at as fast of a rate as normal. This means that they had extended hang time which translated to better flavors and better physiological ripeness. Second is that our winemaker was able to bring fruit in at fairly steady rate so there was no huge rush in the cellar at any point.
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