2005 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil

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Sorry if we sound like a broken record talking about rains in May again, but how else to explain how small our lot of 2005 Semillon is. Harvesting less than one ton from our own Semillon vineyard, we called the folks at Two Dog Vineyard in Calistoga, and once again they came to our rescue with another half ton of grapes, bringing our total to 120 gallons of juice. And if I do say so myself, the resulting wine will bring a blissful smile to your face. The color is medium straw, the residual sugar is 11%, and the alcohol is 13.5%. In the nose we detected the scent of mandarin oranges, apricots, nectarines, and crème brulee. In the mouth we tasted honeyed fruit flavors and dried figs. As always, this wine is a delicious accompaniment to stone fruit desserts.

2005 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil

Tech Details

Farming: Dry farmed Age of Vines: 53 years
Appellation: Napa Valley Varietal: 100% Semillon
Grapes: Grown at Stony Hill Vineyard, St. Helena and Two Dog Vineyard, Calistoga, and produced and bottled at Stony Hill Vineyard Harvest Date: 9/14/2005 picked and laid on drying trays; crushed 9/16/2004
Dehydration Time: 7 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: 3/21/2006
Total Acidity: .63% Residual Sugar: 11%
Alcohol: 13.5% pH: 3.75
Aging Potential: 10 years + Production: 96 six packs of .375 ml bottles
Release Date: September 2007 Price at Winery: $15.00 per bottle