92 points Wine Spectator: "A smooth and silky white, showing spicy details of nutmeg and quince that are joined by pure, ripe honeydew melon and cantaloupe flavors. Pear, lemon zest and apricot notes are elegant, lithe and nicely juicy on the finish. Drink now through 2015. (7/31/12)"
Producer notes: "Two primary estates – Meredith Vineyard and Maefield Vineyard – provide the backbone for the wine, and we have planted the mix of clones we need – two-thirds are Sauvignon Blanc Clone 1, known as Shenandoah, and one-third Sauvignon Musqué. The Sauvignon Musqué adds floral notes and rich body, complementing the underlying herbal nature of Shenandoah. This wine is barrel fermented in 18 percent new French oak and stirred on the lees twice-weekly for six months to build creamy texture and impart of notes of sweet oak. This lively wine with a golden-green hue sports an aromatic nose of tangerine, guava, honeydew and cantaloupe melons along with notes of white blossoms and marzipan. On the palate, sweet oak is balanced by crisp acidity, with a juicy finish featuring a splash of zesty grapefruit."
|Appellation||Russian River Valley|