"The 2014 White Wine has more spice and mineral qualities than it has in years. The rainy spring set the stage for spicy flavors, while the extremely dry yet mild growing season held those flavors as the fruit developed. Flavors include the trademark white peach, kafir lime, lychee nut, beeswax, ripe fig, and pineapple, but with much more prominent stones, oyster shells, and freshly baled straw.
The Sauvignon blanc and Semillon comes from Ryans Vineyard, which sits on a streak of alluvial gravel in the center of the valley floor, south part of Napa. It is right in the path of the daily wind current that pulls up through the valley from the San Francisco Bay towards Calistoga. Native grasses are planted under the vines to compete for moisture and nutrients and encourage the roots to forage down deep in the gravelly soil.
The Ribolla gialla and Tocai friulano are from the tiny Vare Vineyard, in the mouth of Napa’s Dry Creek canyon, right next to the creek. The rocky fluvial soil and cool air drainage of the canyon work perfectly with the varieties. Ribolla gialla is an extremely old variety cultivated since medieval times in the Collio region of Italy and Slovenia." Winemaker's Notes