2012 Spettro Proprietary White, Napa Valley
This release is another fine example of how some of the world’s most popular white varietals can combine to make a beautiful arrangement of floral, lychee, lemon and tropical citrus aromas and flavors. The nose of this wine is driven by the fresh lemon grass scents of the Sauvignon Blanc and Vermentino, followed with passion fruit, lemon drop and hints of white peach aromas of Chardonnay and Viognier. The palate is crisp and delicate and has a considerable amount of body. The outcome of this wine is a bit of an unknown when we begin with the individual grapes but it is always so enjoyable to see come to fruition.
The grapes are all hand harvested in the cool early morning, whole cluster pressed, and the juice settled in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation of each varietal is separate and started in stainless steel and then carefully moved to neutral, French Oak casks to finish fermentation. The wines are sur-lies aged for 8 months until bottling. Batonage, or the gentle stirring of the lees, is employed in the early stages of ageing to further develop richness and length of body in the wine’s midpalate all the while remaining clean and fresh. The varietals were blended just prior to bottling. This wine sees approximately 50% native yeast fermentation and just 25% malolactic fermentation for a touch of roundness, complexity and enhanced mouthfeel.