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 2011 was March 26, and bloom occurred on May 17. Veraison occurred August 1, and harvest took place on September 4.
Whole-cluster pressing was used. 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.
Stone fruit and floral aromas. Creamy on the palate, with a citrusy, tangy finish, less intensity in the final impression of acid than previous vintages have sometimes shown. Bright acids and fresh fruit flavors are perfect with fish and shellfish, including oysters on the half shell, or lighter dishes such as shrimp and avocado salad (a favorite of George’s) or a goat cheese salad. Tip from George: use an acidic white wine like Albariño or Pinot Gris in place of the vinegar in a salad dressing to pair perfectly with the wine.
Alcohol is 13.5%.
575 cases produced
TA: 8.1 g/L