The Monterey County grapes were picked by hand at night in late September.
The fruit came to the winery early morning in perfect condition, and after an immediate press, the juice was settled overnight. The next morning we racked the the lees and moves the fresh juice to french neutral oak barrels. Fermentation went smoothly, and Rhone yeast was used to enhance the aromatic charecteristics of the varietal. A daily “batonnage” made a big difference to increase the creaminess and glycerol level of this wine.
Well known for its aromatic characteristics, this roussanne starts with a mild quince bouquet, followed by a pleasant and crisp mid-body. This Monterey grape is more on the light and citrusy side than full bodied and oaky.