2014 "COTES du COAST"
16 months in 20% new French oak barriques, 80% neutral French oak barrique
Viognier, Roussanne, Marsanne all barrel fermented on the lees, Grenache Blanc fermented in stainless steel
Huffing along the cobblestone street, you see your breath in front of you and rub your mittened hands together. There’s a warm glow in every window but you tighten your coat around you and press onward. A door swings open and along with the raucous merriment, scents of eggnog, orange spice cake, freshly whipped cream, dried pineapple, lemon zest and hints of chartreuse spill out into the street. A red-cheeked stranger pats you on the back and guides you inside. He grabs a ramekin from one of the dessert trays being passed and hands it to you. It is filled with lemon curd and thyme and topped with a honeysuckle blossom. You remove your mittens and guzzle a warm caramely liquid from a mug.
Viognier - Bien Nacido and White Hawk, Roussanne - Alta Colina and Santa Barbara Highlands Vineyard, Grenache Blanc - Alta Colina, Marsanne - Bien Nacido and Derby
46% Viognier, 23% Roussanne, 20% Grenache Blanc, 11% Marsanne
Chill slightly, 10-15 minutes in the refrigerator, pull the cork and enjoy. Aging potential 4-6 years.