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2002 Violetta, Napa Valley
The Wine: Our late harvest wine is the result of Botrytis cinerea, a beneficial mold that evaporates moisture while concentrating the flavor in the berry but yielding very little juice when we press the grapes. We fermented the thick, rich juice and then aged the wine in French oak to develop its subtle avors and textures. Aromas of baked pear, orange blossom honey and citrus are prominent and the wine has remarkable depth of flavors that linger in the mouth. Violetta is perfect with fruit tarts, rich cheeses or serve it all by itself for dessert.
Vintage: In 2002, Mother Nature cooperated with us, and we are pleased to release our fourth vintage of Violetta! This late- harvest, botrytis-affected dessert wine is a blend of sixty percent Chardonnay and forty percent Riesling.
Vineyard: The grapes were grown at our American Canyon Vineyard, which is certified organic and Biodynamic. In the lowest spot of this cool vineyard, we’ve found the perfect conditions of low-lying fog to grow botrytis-a ected grapes. In two small blocks we planted a eld blend that’s predominately Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling with some Gewurztraminer and nurtured it to encourage botrytis. Because of the unpredictable nature of botrytis, this wine takes a tremendous amount of work, including several passes to pick individual clusters as they become cloaked in the mold that creates this unique richness and flavors in a wine.