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Vintage: 2008 | 2009
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Appellation: El Dorado
Vineyard: Fenaughy
Varietals: Roussanne, Marsanne
Clone: Tablas Creek
Age: 11 years
Elevation: 2800 feet
Soil: Decomposed granite w/ clay loam
Yield: 1-1.5 tons/acre

single_pixel Harvested: Sep 25 & Oct 9, 2009
Pressed:
Sept 26, & Oct 10, 2009
Blend:
50% Roussanne, 50% Marsanne
Fermentation:
100% in neutral FO barrels
Barrel aging:
9 mos. in neutral FO barrels
Bottled:
Unfiltered on July 30, 2010
Production:
97 cases
Release date:
Fall 2010


 
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We pressed both varietals whole cluster, settled in tank for 24 hours before moving to (neutral) French oak barrels for fermentation. Like all of our wines, we employ wild yeast with no nutrients or enhancers. We ferment our whites cool in the high 50’s to low 60’s and historically we are lucky to have our Roussanne complete primary fermentation by May. Both went through 100% malolactic (again without inoculation). The lees were stirred bi-weekly until late Spring and we stayed sur lie until the final blend was assembled in late June. We bottled without fining or filtration on July 30, 2010.
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Honeysuckle, lychee, grapefruit rind and orange blossoms tickle the nose before revealing wet stone and hints of marzipan. Like 2008, the wine’s harmony and balance are near perfect which keeps the oily Roussanne character in check for a seamless and mouth coating finish.