2014 Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyards

Release: February 2017;  592 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: Lemon curd, lightly caramelized meringue, and even a slight a hint of shortcrust pastry a la lemon meringue pie; beeswax, pear eau de vie, honeysuckle, and a slight star anise. Savory and mouthwatering, showing a little mineral character, finishing with long flavors that echo the aromatics.

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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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2014 Chesler Cabernet Franc

Release: February 2017; 267 cases (750ml)

Varietal Composition: 78% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot

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

Wine Making:

Though 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 for both the Cab Franc and Merlot allowing for a co-fermentation of both together. The wine aged for 16 months in 50% new French oak

Tasting Notes:
Raspberry, dark chocolate, exotic spice, city roast coffee bean, sweet pipe tobacco, toasted vanilla, buttery cinnamon toast. High-tone and dark, deep flavors marry nicely for a wonderful, mouth-watering feel with a super long finish.

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