Both rich and radiant, this wine offers a lovely array of aromas that include honeysuckle, citrus blossom, lemon zest and crème brûlée. The citrus and floral notes are echoed on the palate, where they are framed by balanced acidity and hints of toasted oak, vanilla and honey from aging in French oak barrels.
While the 2020 North Coast growing season began with a mild winter and less than average rainfall, there was enough precipitation to provide ample soil moisture. After an early and ideal budbreak, temperate weather throughout spring and summer produced balanced canopies and steady shoot growth, with relatively small berries. Mid-August brought a week of temperatures over 100º F, providing a final push towards optimal ripeness for our Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, and select Pinot Noir vineyards. While late-season wildfires in Northern California brought logistical challenges, we were able to successfully pick our North Coast vineyards during a very busy, truncated harvest, resulting in beautifully pure and aromatic white wines, and lush, spicy and concentrated reds.