2001 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil

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The 2001 Semillon is much more characteristic of Stony Hill's Semillon production over the years than was the 2000 vintage. The 2001 has the deeper amber color we are used to, the higher, fifteen percent residual sugar we expect, and the wonderful taste of honey in your glass. We would characterize the bottle bouquet as dried apricots, figs and plums, baked fruitcake, and, of course, the honey. On September 10th we picked 1.6 tons of Stony Hill Semillon grapes, dried them on prune trays in the sun until September 24th when we crushed .78 of a ton at forty-four percent sugar. The resulting dessert wine delights us, and we think it should be sipped in company with a Tarte Tatin of apricots, or taken at the first sign of a sore throat. Enjoy!

2001 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil

Tech Details

Farming: Dry farmed Age of Vines: 46 years
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: 100% Semillon
Grapes: Grown, produced and bottled at Stony Hill Vineyard Harvest Date: Picked 9/10/2001 and crushed 9/24/2001
Dehydration Time: 15 days drying in sun on wooden prune trays before crushing Fermentation Time: 21 days in old French oak barrels
Aging Time: 8 months in old French oak barrels Bottling Date: 6/13/2002
Total Acidity: 0.76% Residual Sugar: 15%
Alcohol: 13.5% Aging Potential: 10 years +
Production: 146-6 packs of 375 ml bottles Release Date: September 2003
Price at Winery: $15.00 per bottle