2020 Semillon

RUTHERFORD, NAPA VALLEY
$30.00 per bottle   /   $25.50 club price
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The 2020 Semillon is a completely unique and diverse wine. On the nose, it evokes Granny Smith apples, lemon curd, frosted corn flakes, snap peas, lemon verbena, canned pears, and honeycomb. Its palate is texturally driven, giving round and waxy impressions coupled with white peaches, lemon cake, fresh herbs, and croissant.

WINERMAKER NOTES

Whitehall Lane is proud to showcase this extraordinary example of Semillon from our Bommarito Vineyard from Rutherford. Semillon is typically a blender in Bordeaux whites, a powerful dessert wine from the Sauternes region of France, or a singular wine from the Hunter Valley of Australia. Our Semillon was whole cluster pressed, then sent to neutral French oak barrels for a native yeast fermentation. Once the barrel fermentation finishes, we allow the wine to age sur lies (on the lees) and perform battonage (stirring) for four months. The stirring of the barrels promotes mid-palate enhancement and texture building within the wine. At blending, a portion of Sauvignon Blanc was blended back to balance out the Semillon and create a unique palate and finish.

THE VINTAGE

The 2020 vintage was considered a very warm growing season! Bud break began in mid-late March, leading to a Spring that had few showers and was relatively dry. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading into a steady Autumn harvest season. The consistent summer weather encouraged our Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to ripen in late mid-August to early-September.

WINE FACTS

Winemaker: Jason Moulton

Appellation: Rutherford

Blend: 89% Semillon, 11% Sauvignon Blanc

Alcohol: 13.9%