Eleanor of Aquitaine 2016
Randle Hill Vineyard
A Proprietors' Blend
Assembled from our very best barrels hand chosen after many blending trials. this vintage is a blend of 70% Semillon and 30% Sauvignon Blanc, a wine made in the classic tradition of the Graves style Bordeaux Blanc. Our special Queen of white wine is 100% barrel fermented in small French oak barrels to add great complexity.
A White Wine For Red Wine Drinkers
We often hear comments that our Eleanor is one of the most interesting and complex Californian white wines: Full of refreshing citrus with notes of pink grapefruit to balance the richness and nuance of French oak. Flavors of ripe peaches, cantaloupe and medjool dates and a long finish with a hint of pears. Favorite pairing: pan seared sea scallops.
Eleanor of Aquitaine Married Henry II
in the twelfth century her inheritance of Bordeaux and the Graves regions of France passed to the English crown and remained a prized possession for nearly 3 centuries. And for hundreds of years the English speaking world has loved the wines of the area, from Thomas Jefferson to English merchants and aristocrats (Downton Abbey fans may recall images of Carson the butler painstakingly decanting a precious claret in the candlelit wine cellar).
In her time, there were rumors surrounding Eleanor's life; her association with the Courts of love where the arts of the Troubadours flourished was both scandalous and controversial. But since the accounts were often written by monks they tended to be not so much historical narratives as moral teachings. There are still gaps in the evidence and she remains tantalizingly elusive and fascinating.
Winemaker Notes - Vegan Friendly!
Selected vineyard lots are fermented in French oak and sur-lie aged for 10 months. The very best barrels are hand selected and final blend proportions are determined from an extensive tasting series, after many hours of work by the winemaking staff and the proprietors. This blend gains complexity as it ages. It's your choice: you can enjoy it now. Or if you have the patience, we recommend drinking this 3 to 5 years from the vintage date.
Awards By Vintage – Eleanor of Aquitaine, Our Randle Hill Organic Vineyard
2015 - Gold, Orange County Wine Comp
2014 - 93 pts, Gold, North Coast Challenge; Best of Class, Gold; Pacific Rim
2013 - 96 pts, Platinum, San Diego Int'l
2012 - Silver, S.F. International; 90 pts, Wine Weirdos
2011 - Best of Class, S.F. Chronicle
2009 - Best of Class, California State Fair; Gold, New World Int'l
2007 - Best of Class, California State Fair; 91 pts, Food & Beverage World
2006 - Best of Class, California State Fair
2005 - Best of Class, California State Fair; Gold & Best of Class, West Coast
2003 - Best of Class, California State Fair
2002 - Gold Medal, Pacific Rim Int'l
2000 - Best of Class, California State Fair; Gold Medal, L.A. County Int’l
1999 - Best of Class, California State Fair; Gold Medal, San Francisco Int’l
1998 - Gold & Best of Class, L.A. County; 90 pts, The Wine Enthusiast
1995 - 93 pts, a Top 100 Wines Of The Year in The Wine Enthusiast; 90 pts, The Wine Spectator