Hendry Block 9B is located on bench lands west of the town of Napa. The vines grow on 2.53 acres of thin stony Boomer series soils between 190 and 225 feet above sea level. Morning fog and afternoon breezes from the San Pablo Bay moderate the climate.
Block 9 was planted to Albariño in 2003. Budbreak in 2010 was March 18, and bloom occurred on May 28. Veraison occurred August 10, and harvest took place on September 8.
Whole-cluster pressing was used and the juice was fermented in stainless steel at temperatures ranging from 56º to 59ºF. Cool fermentation ensures the preservation of bright, fresh fruit flavors. The fermentation required several weeks to complete. When alcoholic fermentation was completed, the wine remained in stainless steel until bottling.
Soft, pretty, peachy-floral aromas. Smooth and silky on the palate, with tangy pink grapefruit, lime and lemon flavors stretching out the finish. A natural with shellfish of any kind, but especially fresh, briny oysters on the half shell. Palate cleansing, refreshing warm-weather wine.
Alcohol is 13.5%.
575 cases produced