Randle Hill Vineyard
Semillon (Se-mee-yohn) - 89 pts, Tastings.com
Our 27th Consecutive Vintage Release
There are limited plantings in California, (less than 1,000 acres out of nearly a half million acres) it is becoming difficult to find Semillon bottled separately.
More is being discovered about this wine grape's origins every year, yet 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. However to date DNA testing is inconclusive.
Semillon is notable as being one of the few white varietals that is very ageable. So your choice: drink it now - young and fresh, or aged for 5-10 years for an extraordinary experience perhaps on a special occasion.
Winemaker Notes - Vegan Friendly!
We harvested our Semillon on Oct. 2nd. The fruit had attractive acidity and clean minerality. Our blending trials concluded with a 75% Semillon plus 25% Sauvignon Blanc. Another story of how great wine is made in the vineyard as these two varietals work so well together.
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 5 months of ageing.
Awards By Vintage - Semillon, Our Randle Hill Organic Vineyard
2019 - 89 pts, Tastings.com
2017 - 91 pts, Tastings.com
2016 - 93 pts, Tastings.com
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