||October 13th, 2011
||February 9th 2012
In the top corner of block 2-H, out in front of the winery, we’ve identified a few rows of early ripening Cabernet Franc with extremely bright, red-fruit flavors. From these grapes, using a gentle Champagne pressing program, we make a few barrels of dry rosé, in the French tradition, to pour and sell here at the property. We call this elegant pink wine Sylviane in honor of our elegant founder, Madam Sylviane Leducq. Aromas of watermelon, raspberry and cotton candy mingle with orange sorbet and fresh red cherries. On the palate, the wine is crisp and bone-dry with a bristling acidity, low alcohol and a lingering lemon-berry finish. Not red, not white, but a classic old-world rosé, ready for summertime.
2011 was another record cool year here in the valley. We had a wet winter and spring, and saw rainfall continuing well into mid-June. For all varietals the fruit set at unusually low levels, and just as would be expected, the small crop produced wines with great intensity and complexity. The summer in Napa Valley was the coldest on record, and the harvest was the latest that anyone can remember. Generally terrific quality at lower alcohols for those of us who were able to harvest ahead of the early autumn rains.
Final Blend: 100% Cabernet Franc
Fruit Source: 100% Estate Grown
Farming: 100% CCOF Certified Organic, 100% Demeter Certified Biodynamic
Oak Regime: No new oak. Stainless steel, and neutral, used French barrels