Napa Valley, CA

2007 Vivace Winenotes

Year: 
2007
notes: 
Small Quantity Left
Harvest Date: 
October 16, 2007
Bottle Date: 
May 1, 2009
Release Date: 
June 1, 2009
Grape AVA: 
Russian River Valley
Alcohol: 
13.9%
Brix: 
25.1
TA: 
5.0
pH: 
3.39
Grapes: 
31% Roussanne; 63% Marsanne; 6% Chardonnay
Barrels: 
French Oak - 50% New

We obtained the "secret" to making this "Rhone Style" white wine while visiting with a wine maker at an excellent small winery in the south of France . (and it is the addition of a small amount of Chardonnay to the Marsanne/Roussanne Blend). This wine was aged sur lie (on the lees or yeast) in French oak barrels (50% new) for more than a year.

A wonderful wine with a nose of lemon, subtle oak, chalk pineapple and minerals. On the palate this wine picks up a candied apple note and the oak is subtle. Medium finish and a good finish. 92 pts. Jon Glas 5/12/2010.