2015 Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Release:  November 2017;  381 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. There were no acid additions and no malolactic.

Tasting Notes: Bosc pear, vanilla crème anglais, green tiger fig, Meyer lemon, honeydew melon, and chrysanthemum. All of these aromatics translate very well on the palate. The flavor concentration has a wonderful intensity and impact in the mouth, with that just right balance between rich viscosity and good acidity.

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2014 Merlot Frediani Vineyard

Release:  November 2017;  302 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 100% Merlot

Vineyard: Frediani Family Vineyard, Calistoga

Wine Making:
Although 2014 was a drought year, with about half of normal rainfall, the timing of that moisture in February and March was spot on for the beginning of the growing season. Good early starts often lead to good early finishes and harvest was on the early side of normal. Maturity and ripeness were excellent. The wine aged for 16 months in 40% new French oak.

Tasting Notes:
Violets, raspberry jam, dark plum, fresh blackberry and blackberry leaf; molasses and caramel, fresh tobacco and sandalwood. In the mouth the flavors have very good impact, intensity, and length; the texture has some chewy density to carry the flavors from initial impact through the finish.

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2015 Chesler Cabernet Franc

Release: May 2018; 230 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 85% Cabernet Franc, 15% Merlot

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

Wine Making:

The 2015 growing season started early with a warm end to winter and the same in the beginning of spring.  Later in May the temperatures shifted lower impacting bloom and yields. The resulting harvest was as a result small and early. We did get very good maturity and ripeness in both the Cab Franc and Merlot allowing for their co-fermentation.  The wine aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak.

Tasting Notes:
Mixed berry pie, complete with crisp, buttery crust, dark chocolate dipped fresh strawberry, and light caramel in the aromatics. The aromas come through with impact and intensity in the mouth, especially the fresh strawberry. The tannins are just a half step in the foreground of the other flavors, showing a bit of chewiness, acting as the mortar cementing the parts into the whole.

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