Known as sauterne, a generic sweet wine named from a growing region in France, it’s made from Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes that have been infected by the Botrytus fungus, a viticultural hazard that can ruin an entire vintage during tepid, wet growing seasons. Once infected the grapes become dehydrated and raisined, resulting in concentrated flavors and sugars. In years when fungus does not develop sauterne producers will often make dry white wines under the generic Bordeaux classification.
Label Art by Jennifer Sturgill of Cotati, California
||Russian River Valley
Sweet and rich, yet well balanced by its
zesty acid, this Late Harvest wine has the color of straw which
deepens as it ages. Notes of peach, honey and apricot apprehend
the palate while nuances of nut and vanilla keep things complex.
Known for its ageability, but admired for its smooth and creamy
texture, this “nectar of the gods” is a very versatile food wine.
Pair with a honey-mustard apple salad with toasted walnuts,
sauteed pork medallions in a mushroom sauce, or fried chicken
with a squeeze of lemon. Choose cheeses that are acidic or salty
for an extreme food experience.
As in similar years, 2009 was a year of extremes.
Rains in May took the edge off the early season’s drought and
were responsible for the beautiful canopies we had going into
harvest. Needles to say, the weather we experienced throughout
the summer was a bit of a roller coaster ride; multiple heat
bumps followed by cool weather, and rain storms near harvest
created the perfect climate conditions in which a superb Late
Harvest wine could be produced.
165 cases produced.