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"Seta" is Italian for silk, which appropriately describes this lush silky blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc sourced from low-yielding vines on the Silverado Trail in the Oak Knoll district.
The nose opens with fragrant white peach and
melon aromas. The rich mouth feel and bright acidity develops
into peach and cantaloupe flavors on the palate. The lengthy
finish is a perfect compliment to this refreshing white wine that
can be enjoyed over the next 4 years.
The wine was 100% barrel-fermented to
enhance the fruit's unusually rich and complex flavors. After
whole-cluster pressing, the juice was racked into 25% new
French oak barrels for primary fermentation induced by native
yeasts. The entire lot remained on the lees for 7 months before
racking, blending and bottling. This wine did not go through
malolactic fermentation. Oak types: Allier, Vosges, and Troncais.
The fruit for this wine comes from our vineyard near the Napa River. Bordering the Stags Leap
District, this vineyard is dry-farmed and closely monitored during the growing season. Significant
vineyard management techniques include vertical trellising, cluster thinning to 2 tons per acre and
leaf removal on the east side of the vines to allow maturity. Our goal is to attain the proper balance
between fruit production and vine growth.
2011 vintage has been characterized as the vintage that tested winemakers alike throughout the Napa
Valley. Unexpected downpours in early June caused the buds of flowering vines to fall off, severely hampering fruit set. A
cold and wet spring and very mild summer did not provide enough heat to relieve grape growers of their early season woes,
with many vineyards losing up to half of their normal crop. Late rain in October triggered the onset of botrytis (noble rot)
in many vineyards, causing even more crop loss before harvest. All things said, however, the Bordeaux-like vintage looks to
produce some interesting wines of great character for earlier-ripening varietals like Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, and Cabernet
Franc. Expect a much higher percentage of blending varietals for Cabernet Sauvignon wines and some of the lowest alcohol
levels seen in a very long time.