2013 Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyard

Release: October 2015;  905 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc (Musque selection)

Vineyard: Hyde Vineyards is located in the Carneros Region of Napa between Highway 12 and Old Sonoma Road.  This is a relatively warm part of the Carneros, since it’s further from the cooling influences of fog and wind from nearby San Francisco Bay.  It also has good elevation above sea level, making the soils lighter in clay with better drainage.  Selene has been sourcing grapes for this wine from Hyde Vineyards since 1992.

Fermentation: Grapes were whole-cluster pressed and the juice transferred into both new French oak (25%) and stainless steel barrels (75%) for fermentation.  We repeated the “sequential fermentation” technique we experimented in previous years, this time on the whole lot.  Basically, we get the fermentation started with one yeast and finish with another, optimizing flavor, complexity, and texture.  The wine remained in barrel on primary lees until February when it was racked and bottled. 

Tasting Notes: Bosc pear, white peach, honeydew melon, orange blossom honey, white chocolate, clove, and saffron petals.  Flavors in the mouth mirror the aromatics with very good intensity.  There is a savory quality to this wine with a mouthwatering, long finish.

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2013 Merlot Frediani Vineyard

Release: October 2015;  424 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot

Vineyard: Frediani Family Vineyard, Calistoga

Wine Making:
Spring started early in 2013 with warm and dry weather.  Bud break and flowering proceeded at an even pace, setting the stage for a very nice ripening season.  We got this one close to perfect.

Tasting Notes:
I haven’t doted over a Merlot like this since the 2008. A winemaker’s pet, if you will.  Blackberry syrup, Black Forest cake, complete with dark chocolate, black cherries, and cream; also some caramel/molasses and buttery cinnamon toast.  In the mouth there is very good impact and intensity; the wine is even-tempered, with balanced tannins and acid, and finishing with fine texture and length.  

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2012 Dead Fred Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Release:  May 2014; 266 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vineyards:
The vineyard is located in the Coombsville area of Napa.  Just under three acres are planted on soils that range from sandy loam to gravelly and even cobbly loams, with clone 8 Cabernet Sauvignon on St. George.

Wine Making:
Yay for 2012!  Spring started with warm days leading to a quick bloom that set the stage for even crop load and ripening.  Weather in summer and fall did not disappoint and provided the harvest with a rich and appealing profile

Tasting Notes:
Blueberry syrup, blackcurrant, brown sugar, coffee, salty caramel, molasses, and chocolate aromas.  Flavors in the mouth mirror the aromatics with very good intensity.  The tannins are strong and intense as well, but have a ripeness and sweetness to them that you only get in vintages like this.
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2007 Chesler Napa Valley Red Wine

Release: August 2013; 291 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 52% Cabernet Franc, 48% Merlot

Vineyards:
Both the Cabernet Franc and Merlot come from the Frediani Family Vineyard in Calistoga.

Wine Making:

2007 had some nice weather for vineyards in Napa Valley. Though it was a drought year, with about half of normal rainfall, it followed the two abundant rain seasons of 2005 and 2006. The vines fared nicely water-wise and had very good weather for bloom, veraison, and ripening. .

Tasting Notes:
The 2007 is upfront, not pulling any punches; a quality not unlike the 2004. Showing vanilla, graphite, and cedar characters, with blueberry syrup, brown sugar, dark chocolate, cherry pie, and espresso. Favors in the mouth mirror aromas, tannins are particularly balanced and sweet from impact to finish.
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