While the 2013 vintage had 16% more rainfall than 2012, it would still be characterized as a dry year. The start to the season was temperate and fortunately there was no frost after bud break. Overall the summer was marked by cool mornings and warm afternoons. A heat spell during the second week of August accelerated the ripening process. We hand harvested on August 22th in the early morning hours under cool condition to preserve the freshness of the fruit.
All of the fruit for our 2013 Verdelho came from our estate vineyard in Calistoga. On August 29 we harvested the entire crop in the early morning hours under cool conditions to preserve the fresh fruit character. Fermentation and aging was done in stainless steel barrels sur lie with a weekly batonnage to increase weight and texture. The wine was bottled in May 2014.
Our 2013 Verdelho possesses a bit more structure and liveliness than the 2012. The nose is fresh and generous with notes of lemon and lime. The palate delivers brisk initial acidity, a round mid-palate and an intriguing aftertaste of grapefruit. This beautiful and unique wine works perfectly as an aperitif or first-course wine.
Composition: 100% Verdelho
Region: Calistoga, Napa Valley
Vineyard: Walnut Wash Estate Vineyard
Fermentation: Stainless steel barrels
Aging: 7 months sur lie