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2017 Sémillon

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WINEMAKER NOTES

SMELLS LIKE:  delicate white peach, hibiscus, lemongrass
TASTES LIKE:  sweet Meyer lemon, fresh peach, pineapple, rain on river rocks
MOUTHFEEL:  bright, clean & crisp, hint of minerality, beautiful acidity
DRINK WITH:  seafood on the grill, grilled asparagus, summer salads

THE 2017 VINTAGE

Heat and wildfires tested us, but the result was another solid vintage. The main issue for vintners was a cool and wet spring that pushed bud break back two weeks. We opened our canopies early to allow more sunlight and promote growth. Then early summer was very warm and this accelerated the season and pushed ripening back on track. The weather in Walla Walla was ideal during harvest, with our usual long warm days and wonderfully cool evenings. 

Wildfires in central and eastern Washington worried many of the local winemakers. But there are no reports the smoke influenced the fruit in the Walla Walla Valley. "We were really lucky," said Jean-François. "We did not get enough smoke for it to be an issue. During the heat spikes in August we had a very slight smoke haze that kept us from hitting the triple digits. And then as we rolled into harvest the winds changed and our skies cleared. The result was another amazing vintage with nice yields of bold fruit with great acidity."

VITICULTURE

100% estate; sustainably farmed.
Founding member of VINEA.

WINE SPECIFICS

VARIETALS:  85% Sémillon, 15% Sauvignon Blanc
VINEYARDS:  100% Walla Walla Valley
APPELLATION:  62% Les Collines, 20% Goff, 18% Seven Hills
OAK PROGRAM:  100% French, 100% Neutral
HARVEST DATES:  9/11-10/3/2017
FINISHED ALCOHOL: 13.9%
PRODUCTION:  978 cases

2017 Sémillon