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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.

Shop Semillon Wines

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.