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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2016 Chesler Cabernet Franc

Release: November 2018; 79 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 80% Cabernet Franc, 20% Merlot

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

Wine Making:

Napa had normal plus rainfall in the winter of 2016, bringing an end to a period of drought. The vines benefitted from the nice drink during their dormancy and hit the weather jackpot during the growing and fruit maturation season. Sounds quite cliché but it was a storybook type of year in terms of the vineyards and grapes. The resulting delicious wines aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak.

Tasting Notes:
Ripe strawberry and blueberry, blackberry crisp with a brown sugar and butter crumble on top, light vanilla, cedar, veal reduction with a slight hint of thyme. Mouthwatering and juicy, just slightly chewy in texture with very good intensity and length.

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