"(Editor's Choice) This is an elegantly oaked but not oaky wine, with light aromas of baking spice and fresh bread, mouthfilling flavors like honeydew melon and Meyer lemon, and a layered texture that is tangy but supple at the same time. Imagine it with sushi, seared scallops or even veal." –Aug-16
Vines overlook the American River Canyon at 2500 ft near the town of Foresthill in Placer County. A 4 acre vineyard is planted at this severe rocky site to two different selections of Sauvignon Blanc: Clone One (the original Bordeaux selection
in California from Chateau Yquem) and the Musqué clone. This distinctive clone was imported from
the viticultural station in Pont-de-la-Maye near Bordeaux around 1962. Compared with Clone One which has an herbaceous, green character and crisp acidity, Musqué has better viscosity and shows floral and tropical fruit aromas. These two clones are complementary.
Both clones are whole cluster pressed and cold fermented together in a stainless steel tank. They age for 9 months in neutral French oak barrels on lees before bottling in early June the year following harvest. The wine does not undergo malolactic fermentation.