Best of AVA, 93 pts. - 2022 Harvest Terrior Challenge (Sonoma); Platinum, 96 pts. - Las Vegas Global Wine Awards; Gold - 2022 Denver Intl. Wine Competition ------ Stone fruit aromas of apricot and peach with accents of fresh strawberry, lychee, and pineapple. Light bodied and crisp flavors with matching acidity lead to a sharp finish. A delightful warm weather sipper.
About the Vineyard
The stunning Morro View Vineyard in Edna Valley consists of gentle rolling hills between 9 and 15 percent slopes with rows oriented Northwest by Southeast. Comprised of Tierra Loam soils, Morro
View produces grapes with intense aromatics. The clusters yield concentrated, highly fragrant wine with excellent acidity.
Like 2018, the 2019 growing season included a wet winter, cool spring, and mild summer. The combination caused bud break, bloom, and veraison to begin later than average. Yields were either average or slightly higher. Fortunately, summer had an absence of extended heat waves, leading to a lengthier growing season. This allowed for even ripeness as well as ample time for complexity and ripening with good natural acidity.
After whole cluster pressing, the wine was cold settled, followed by an initial racking for clarification. Due to its ability to ferment at lower temperatures, Saccharomyces Bayanus yeast was used in conjunction with an obscure wild yeast, Torulaspora Delbrueckii, which started the fermentation before dying off. The result was greater complexity and a mouthfeel with enhanced viscosity. After inoculation, fermentation progressed slowly and the temperature was kept between 48- and 56-degrees to preserve volatile esters, creating a wine with unique characteristics.