White Wine, Estate Cuvee Blanc, Sonoma Valley (2013)
This Rhone-style white wine is a captivating blend of three richly flavored and aromatic grapes. Winemaker Katie Madigan balances the structure and minerality of Marsanne and Roussanne with the floral and stone fruit notes of Viognier. The result offers bright aromas of pear, ginger and jasmine with vanilla and lemon meringue flavors. The wine has a creamy texture with a crisp, citrusy finish.
All of the fruit for this classic Rhone blend comes from our estate Wild Oak Vineyard at the base of the Sugarloaf Ridge and Hood Mountain in Sonoma Valley. The rock and gravel that have washed down over the centuries provide ideal soil for small yields of concentrated fruit. The valley’s cool evenings and warm afternoons allow fruit to develop intense flavors and aromas, while maintaining high acidity.
High quality, outstanding fruit characteristics and generous yields describe the 2013 harvest. Harvest started slightly earlier than previous years after an ideal growing season that provided optimum temperatures for grapes to ripen. We had a wealth of sunshine and consistently warm days and cool nights, allowing the fruit ample time to develop full, rich flavors with great color and balance.
Each of these three white varietals was picked at 26.5 brix. The Roussanne and Viognier were co-fermented together in temperature-controlled tanks for increased fruit expression. The Marsanne was fermently separately, then blended in to add creamy mouthfeel characteristics. When fermentation is complete, the wine is pumped into barrel to age before bottling six months later.