Opens up in the glass with aromas of lemon zest and lychee, complemented by fresh earth and flinty minerality. On the palate, it displays a scintillating acidity, highlighting the lemon curd character. Finishes clean and crisp.
The mild Spring of 2016 led to even fruit set and average yields. Late Summer conditions showed the effects of almost five years of drought conditions on the canopy, which started yellowing early from salt accumulation in the soils not rinsed by heavy Winter rains. The only heat spell with warm nights came during harvest.
Sourced from Sierra Madre vineyard in Santa María Valley, and White Hills and El Camino vineyards in Los Alamos Valley, all planted entirely on sandy soils. The breezy, ocean-influenced sites provide a matrix of structure, bright acidity and tropical character.
Harvested at night from August 28 to September 8. Fermented in stainless steel tanks, resting for eight months on its fermentation lees in the tank. Spontaneous malolactic fermentation only happened on 20% of the lots.