"The 2017 growing season started off with record rainfall and ended with a warm, dry summer that ledus into harvest. The extra rainfall provided the vines with a strong canopy that helped protect the fruitwhile it developed full varietal flavors and soft texture. Extra care was taken to balance the fruit load inpreparation for the dry summer and this attentiveness continued into the cellar, when the fruit arrivedearly in September.
The grapes were hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed. After settling overnight, the juice wasfermented in barrel, including 100% malolactic fermentation. The wine was aged in 35% new French oakbarrels for eleven months.
This wine has brilliant golden straw color and aromas of warm spice, tangerine, and sweet orange;intriguing tropical floral notes carry over onto the palate. Flavors of ripe pear, apricot, and mango peel areaccented by warm spice and rich caramel, for a wine that is both weighty and fresh."