Harmonious! That is how we describe the 2015 Spettro blend. It is in full balance beginning with a perfume of tropical citrus, vanilla, a hint or orange blossom and some subtlety of round river stone for curiosity. The palate is bright and refreshing. The Chardonnay brings in beautiful, citrus and fresh tropical fruit cocktail notes. Viognier and Vermentino each lend a variety of added complexity in structure and minerality. The palate finishes very clean and fresh, inviting you in for another taste.
The word “spettro” translated means “spirit” and it is in the spirit of constant experimentation with blending varietals that this wine is aptly named. Now in its 11th year since inception, the Spettro program continues to flourish. We love seeing so many varietals come together. This is very exciting to witness as they each meld so harmoniously in the blend. What is more exciting from a winemaking standpoint is that this mélange is loaded with varietals with which we love to experiment.
IN THE VINEYARD
Harvest took place during the month of September, 2016, from the 9th to the 28th. The Chardonnay fruit is sourced from the tightly spaced, Maldonado Vineyard containing it’s Dijon Clones in the very cool and marine influenced Napa-Carneros appellation. Our Viognier is harvested from the Usibelli Vineyard in Pope Valley where the warm days and cool evenings ripens the skin of this Rhone Valley varietal to perfection. The Vermentino was farmed and harvested from the steep Mahoney Ranch Vineyard, also located in the Napa-Carneros appellation.
IN THE CELLAR
The grapes are all hand harvested very cool in the early morning, then whole cluster pressed and the juice settled in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation of each varietal is separate and started in stainless steel and all but the Chardonnay is put to neutral, French Oak casks to finish fermentation. The Chardonnay will go down to barrel after a slow, month-long alcoholic fermentation. The wines are sur-lies aged for 8 months until bottling. Batonage, or the gentle stir-ring of the spent and settled yeast cells is employed in the early stages of ageing to further develop richness, soft texture and length of body in the mid-palate. The varietals were blended just prior to bottling. This wine sees no malolactic fer-mentation to keep the flavors up front and fresh as possible.
106 Cases Produced