2006 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil

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For the past several years we've been selling out of Semillon the first week after release because of short supply. This year, however, we have plenty of the 2006 vintage so we hope that everyone who wants to enjoy this luscious wine will be able to. The grapes were picked later than usual, beginning September 29, from Stony Hill Vineyard and Two Dog Vineyard in Calistoga, then dehydrated in the sun for an average of 11 days to concentrate the sugars, and finally crushed at 32% sugar. The resulting wine is a pale gold color with hints of crème brulee in the aroma and is very light on the palate with a fair amount of acidity. It has 10 percent residual sugar, less than usual and in no way cloying, and 12 percent alcohol, lower than usual and barely noticeable. This is a delicate, delectable wine which any chef would be pleased to serve. We suggest accompanying it with fruit-based desserts such as pear tart, peach cobbler or apricot soufflé.

2006 Stony Hill Semillon de Soleil

Tech Details

Farming: Dry farmed Age of Vines: 5-54 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: 9/29/2006 - 10/10/2006
Dehydration Time: 8-20 days drying in sun on wooden prune trays; crushed 10/18/2006 Fermentation Time: 21 days in old French oak barrels
Fermentation Temp: 60 degrees Aging Time: Seven months in old French oak barrels
Filtering: Filtered to remove yeast and inhibit malolactic fermentation Bottling Date: 3/21/2007
Total Acidity: .68% Residual Sugar: 10%
Alcohol: 12% pH: 3.45
Aging Potential: 10 years + Production: 360 – six packs of 375 ml bottles
Release Date: September 2008 Price at Winery: $15.00 per bottle