Chenin Blanc/Viognier

Napa Valley

Pine Ridge

This 80 hectare estate was founded in 1978 when Gary Andrus planted the...

property's original vineyard in Stags Leap on a terraced hillside flanked by a ridge of pine trees. They now have vineyards across five sub-zones in Napa: four in the Stags Leap District, three in Rutherford, three in Carneros and one each in Howell Mountain and Oakville. This diversity gives winemaker Michael Beaulac many different blending options from which to choose each year, the results of which can be seen in the stunningly high quality of the wines they produce.

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Vineyards

The grapes come from Clarksburg which is over in the Sacramento river delta. This means that it is fairly warm with an almost constant breeze which helps to retain freshness and acidity in the grapes. The soils tend to be deep clay with excellent water holding capacity. The trellising is bi-lateral cordon.

Vintage Information

Following a very dry 2014, drought was a threat in California during the 2015 growing season. Luckily during February and April, sufficient rain fell which replenished soil water reserves and supported healthy vine growth. Problems at flowering and fruit set lowered yields in some areas. Summer was sunny and fairly warm, which accelerated ripening and meant that by mid-August, harvest had begun.

Vinification

The grapes were destemmed and the berries crushed upon arrival at the winery. The free run juice was combined with the first press fraction to increase the final texture of the wine. Two different types of yeast were used to add complexity and aromatics. Fermentation took place at cool temperatures around 13ÂșC. The wine was aged in stainless steel tanks without malolactic fermentation, which enhanced the varietal fruit character while also adding depth to the final wine.

Tasting Notes

Bright and enticing, with a lively bouquet of mouthwatering honeydew melon, juicy pomelo and sweet starfruit aromas with hints of soft white florals and spun sugar. The crisp palate leads with ripe fruit flavours of pineapple, lychee, Meyer lemon and fuzzy white peach that linger through the refreshing finish, balanced by subtle hints of white tea and clean minerality.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2015
Grape varieties 80% Chenin Blanc
20% Viognier
Region Napa Valley, California
Winemaker Michael Beaulac
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%