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 2012 was March 24, and bloom occurred on May 17. Veraison occurred July 31, and harvest took place on September 12.
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.
Softly floral and stone-fruit aromas. Creamy on the palate, with sour orange and lime on the finish. We love the bright fruit flavors and tingly acid as an aperitif, or with any fish or shellfish, including oysters on the half shell. Pair with a summer supper of grilled shrimp, shrimp and avocado salad, beet salad with citrus and red onion, or a goat cheese salad. Tip from George: use an acidic white wine like Albariño in place of the vinegar in a salad dressing to tame the acid and pair perfectly with the wine.
Alcohol is 13.9%.
798 cases produced