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Semillon 2017

Randle Hill Vineyard

Semillon 2017
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Semillon (Se-mee-yohn)

This dry white has is nicely balanced with an upfront minerality and has a rich, honeyed texture with pear and apricot flavors. Great with crab!  A favorite grape of our local wild boar; we have to fight to keep our share!

Our 25th Consecutive Vintage Release - 91 pts.

With limited plantings in California, (less than 1,000 acres out of nearly a half million) it is becoming difficult to find Semillon bottled separately.

   With more being found out about wine grape origins every year, Semillon remains something of a mystery. It is the grape with the golden skin, capable of making, with the help of Botrytis (noble rot), the world’s best sweet wines. At one time, 90% of all vines planted in South Africa were Semillon, and Australia produces amazing very dry Semillon, But the grape seems to have appeared in south-west France out of nowhere somewhere in the high medieval period. The similarities in vines and resultant wines suggest a link between Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, but to date DNA testing is inconclusive.

   Semillon is notable as being one of the few white varietals that is very ageable; so your choice: enjoy it now or let it develop a bit more and include it in a special occasion. Drink it now - young and fresh, or aged for 5-10 years for an extraordinary experience.

Winemaker Notes

We harvested our Semillon on two days nearly 3 weeks apart. The early fruit had acidity and clean minerality. The later pick benefited from the rich honeyed flavors of very ripe Semillon. Our blending trials proved that the two lots made a more tasting wine. Another story of how great wine is made in the vineyard.

The grapes were crushed directly to the press after our crews hand-picked the grapes. Cold settled for 24 hours and then transferred to French oak cooperage for fermentation and the 5 months of ageing. Vegan Friendly!

Awards By Vintage - Semillon, Our Randle Hill Organic Vineyard  

2017 - 91 pts,
2016 - 93 pts,
2015 - Best of Class, S.F. Chronicle
2014 - 91 pts & Gold, Critics Challenge
2013 - Gold, San Francisco International
2012 - 94 pts & Gold, California State Fair
2010 - Best of Class, S.F. Chronicle:  87 pts, Wine Enthusiast 
2009 - Best of Class, California State Fair
2008 - Gold & Best of Class, Cal State Fair
2007 - Best of Class, California State Fair
2005 - Gold, Mendocino County Fair
2004 - 90 pts, Wine Enthusiast
2003 - Best of Class, California State Fair
2002 - 91 pts, Wine & Spirits Magazine;  Best of Class, Cal State Fair
2000 - 86 pts, Wine Enthusiast
1999 - Best of Class, California State Fair;  87 pts, Wine Enthusiast
1998 - Gold, North Coast;  Best of Class, California State Fair
1997 - Gold, North Coast;  Best of Class, California State Fair
1995 - 89 pts, Wine Enthusiast; 87 pts, Wine Spectator
1994 - 92 pts, Mead On Wine
1993 - 88 pts, Wine Enthusiast

Wine Specs
Yorkville Highlands, Mendocino
Vineyard Designation
Our Randle Hill Organic Vynd
5.2 g/L
8 months
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