2011 Skin and Concrete Egg Fermented Semillon, Yountville, Napa Valley

About the wine

  • Description: In color and opacity, this looks like an Allagash White™. The Mars Curiosity Rover couldn't shine a laser through its Semillon haze. This is the biggest of our wines, but by no stretch is it big wine. The combination of the skin and the concrete egg fermentation created two complimentary sets of textures and aromatics. Serve at cellar temperature, give'r some air, and watch this over the course of the meal.
  • Grapes: 100% Semillon Elevation: <400 feet
  • Picked: 10/19/2011
  • Brix: 23ish
  • pH: 3.4
  • Alcohol: 12.4%
  • Winemaking: The 2+ ton lot was divided into 2 separate, native fermentations -- 1 portion was pressed and fermented in our concrete egg, and the second portion was destemmed and skin fermented in an open top fermenter (foot tread or punched down 1-2x a day). Both lots were combined just before bottling in Feb. 2012. Bottled without filtration.
  • Quantity: Two barrels (100% neutral French oak) and one 160 gallon concrete egg (racked into 3 neutral French oak barrels post fermentation)

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