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With limited plantings in California, (less than 1,000 acres) it is becoming difficult to find Semillon bottled separately. However this is our 22nd consecutive vintage release.
Semillon (Semi-yon) is the grape with the golden skin and plump green flesh from which we make a dry white wine with a satisfying creamy richness. It has delicate honeysuckle aromas and subtle flavors of pear and lemon thyme. We love it with tangy goats cheese, grilled salmon and scallops and especially with crab cakes!
A favorite grape of our local wild boar; we have to fight to keep our share!
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 mediaeval period. The similarities in vines and resultant wines suggest a link between Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, but to date DNA testing is inconclusive. It’s thought that the name itself is either a truncation of the word Saint-Emilion, suggesting the area that it was first largely cultivated, or that it might derive from the Occitan word for “seed.”
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.
Crushed directly to the press after an early morning harvest on Sep. 23rd and Oct 10th when our crews hand-picked the grapes. Cold settled for 24 hours and then transferred to French oak cooperage for fermentation. After malolactic fermentation was complete the wine was aged on the lees for four months before bottling. This wine can be consumed young, or aged for 5-10 years for an extraordinary experience.
90% Semillon & 10% Sauvignon Blanc
Total Acidity: 8.3 gm/ liter
Barrel Aged: 4 mos.
Residual Sugar: Dry