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Semillon

The Grape

Semillon is a white wine grape from Bordeaux, France. These vines were known for their vigorous growth and easy cultivation as well for clusters of large round berries. It is thought to have come from the region surrounding the town of Sauternes in the southwest of France.

Semillon grapes are grown predominantly in France and Australia but are also to a lesser extent in South Africa, Chile, New Zealand and the United States. The majority of these grapes are grown in warmer climates and blended with Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In the United States, it is used to produce Late Harvest or Ice Wines in Washington and Idaho

The Wine

Semillon is used for both sweet and dry wines. In France, it is often blended with Sauvignon Blanc to produce dry white Bordeaux. When grown in warmer regions, the wines produced have low acidity and silky mouth feel. In cooler regions, when affected by Botrytis the wine takes on a rich, honeyed flavor and is known for aging ability.

Perfect Pairings

Semillons are versatile. Dry wines and blends are great for sipping but also pairing with seafood and vegetables. Sweet wines are classic dessert choices as well as pairing with soft and blue cheese, smoked meats, and foie gras.

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2012 Coruce Semillon
$ 20.00

Bronze Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2012 Coruce Semillon: This Antelope Valley wine is comprised of 90% Semillon and 5% Chardonnay and 5% Viognier. Whole cluster pressed and settled for 3 days and then racked off its solids. Cold fermented for 30 days in stainless steel tanks and then racked off its lees. The wine was then aged for 9 months in 4 year old French oak barrels.

This wine has a combination of aromas and flavors of apple, pear and fig with a touch of saffron spice and grass. Slightly round in style yet finishes with hints of tart lemongrass. Serve cold.

2013 Coruce Semillon
$ 20.97

89 - Wine Enthusiast Magazine 
Gold Medal - San Francisco Chronicle

2013 Coruce Semillon Antelope Valley

The wine is comprised of 94% Semillon, 4% Chardonnay and 2% Viognier.  Whole cluster pressed and settled for 3 days then racked off the solids.  Cold fermented for 24 days in stainless steel tanks and then racked off the lees.  The wine was then aged for 6 months in 4 year old French barrels.

This wine has a combination of flavors and aromas of apple, pear, lemon grass and a touch of saffron spice on the finish.  Crisp and clean with nice acidity.

2014 Cuvée Blanc
$ 27.00

Silver Medal - 2016 SF Inter'l Wine Competition

Tasting Notes

Semillon was added to oak-fermented Sauvignon Blanc, producing a complex but refreshing wine. The wine has a brilliant pale straw color, lively nose of fresh melon, and subtle goose-berry notes. It is quite refreshing on the palate where zesty citrus stars on the midpalate, giving way to more generous, rounded layers of vanilla cream. Age-worthy, it peaks in bursts of orange blossom and tangerine, where it makes a lovely partner to oysters on the half shell. Enjoy now or cellar for up to 3-5 years.

 

 

Vintage:           2014

Varietal:           Sauvignon Blanc (97%), Semillon (3%)

Appellation:     Rutherford

Vineyard:          Dalla Gasperina

Alcohol %:       14.5

2015 Yorkville Highlands Semillon
$ 28.00

Tasting Notes

Pairs well with food but complex enough to stand on its own.

Great to bring to dinner or as a gift.

Made from organically grown grapes at Yorkville Cellars. 

Appellation: Yorkville Highlands

2016 Anthem Sauvignon Blanc Carsi Ranch Vineyard
$ 55.00

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Only 180 cases were produced of the inaugural 2016 vintage of Anthem Sauvignon Blanc. This exquisite white Bordeaux is comprised of 81 % Sauvignon Blanc and 19% Semillon from the Carsi Ranch Vineyard in Napa Valley. Semillon adds a round mouth-feel to balance the bright and tangy flavors of Sauvignon Blanc. On the palate, this wine dances with fresh hints of lemongrass, ginger, and grapefruit, followed by a smooth and juicy finish.

The Carsi Ranch Vineyard is owned by V. Sattui and named after Vittorio Sattui's birthplace. It is located on the border of Yountville and Oak Knoll's AVAs.

180 Cases Produced

2016 Cuvée Blanc
$ 27.00

Tasting Notes

Our new world take on a Bordeaux Blanc -- partially oaked Sauvignon Blanc mixed with a little Semillon.
The wine has a brilliant pale straw color, lively nose of fresh melon, apricot, and subtle goose-berry notes.  It is refreshing on the palate where zesty citrus stars on the midpalate, giving way to more generous, rounded layers of vanilla cream.  Age-worthy, it peaks in bursts of orange blossom and tangerine.  Enjoy now or cellar for up to 3-5 years.

 

 

Vintage:           2016

Varietal:           Sauvignon Blanc (95%), Semillon (5%)

Appellation:     Rutherford

Vineyard:          Dalla Gasperina

Alcohol %:       14.5