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The Story

Blend: Sémillon (65%), Sauvignon Blanc (31%) and Muscat à Petits Grains (4%)

Vineyard: Old vines (25 to 60 years). Loamy and gravelly soils. One cluster per shoot.

Winemaking: Picking cluster by cluster. Fermentation In barrels with through native yeast. Ageing for 16 months in French oak from artisan coopers. Unfined but filtered to avoid malolactic fermentation.

Winemaker notes:

Growing in the gravelly soil of an ancient riverbed in the beautiful Alexander Valley, the old vines benefit from hot afternoons and cool, foggy mornings, favorable for the development of Botrytis (Noble Rot). Extremely small yields in the Sémillon, Sauvignon Blanc and Muscat vineyards lead to the immensely concentrated fruit. Just as one receives a note from one’s sweetheart, we present this wine as a precious ‘Love Note’ or ‘Billet Doux.’

Deep crystal clear gold. Intense and complex bouquet of dry apricot, pêche de vigne and Reine Claude yellow plum intermixed with notes of quince, honey, Muscat and a hint of sweet vanilla. Full bodied, the palate is reminiscent of the nose, with a creamy sweet texture and a great intensity. The large amount of sugar and glycerin creates a highlighted viscosity. Along with the wine’s great concentration, richness and opulence, the classical aromatic complexity reveals a flamboyant yet harmonious ensemble, leading to a very long, complex and smooth finish.

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Vintage 2014

Production: 225 cases

95 points by Robert Parker's Wine Advocate / Lisa Perrotti-Brown MW

"The 2014 Billet Doux contains a little Muscat this year, but unlike the other varieties, the Muscat is not botrytized. The final blend is 60% Semillon, 34% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Muscat. Also worth mentioning is that the pH is notably higher (acidity therefore lower) in the fruit coming from this vineyard—usually around 3.8/3.9. All told, this is a big, buxom, hedonic sweet wine, possessing 16.5% alcohol, although it is not overly sweet at 95 grams per liter of residual sugar. Pale lemon-gold colored, the nose gives up notes of honey-drizzled peaches, preserved oranges, lemon marmalade and candied ginger with hints of honeycomb, spice cake and musk perfume. Rich, sweet and unctuous, the palate is decadently spicy, with soft acidity, finishing long and perfumed. 225 cases were made." (LPB) (12/2019)

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Origin

St. Helena, Napa Valley

Grapes

34% Sauvignon Blanc
60% Semillon
6% Muscat

Drinking temperature

8-10C

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