Common synonyms: Wyndruif (South Africa)

Parentage of the grape: undetermined, likely native to Bordeaux and/or surroundings
History of the grape: Little is documented about the early years of this grape, which is surprising due to its distinguished popularity in the regions where it is grown. It has been used in quality production in France, in the areas in and around Bordeaux for centuries. It is there that it is found in elegant dry white wines, most often blended with Sauvignon Blanc. But perhaps even more importantly, its predisposition for Botrytis cinerea (a.k.a. “noble rot”), which has an astounding effect on the grape (as long as it is healthy), pinpointing its sugars and aromas for the Cadillac of sweet wine, Chateau d’Yquem of Sauternes. These wines can take long cellar aging and are some of the most sought after and expensive wines in the world. In more accessible forms, it is found in the late harvest dessert wines of lesser grade Sauternes (which are still Read more »

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  • Being a member with Snooth for 4 to 5 years, I appreciate and care for this ... in particular was their 2013 Semillon, tastings of Citrus, Almond and a tad of dust, I fell in love.So I say to my fellow Snoothers who are usually more aware, more educated, more wine conscious, "Never say Never" toall and any wines. Do not get stuck in a deep win... Read More

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  • Burnt Bridge Cellars Semmillon


    This is produced with knowledge and tender loving care by Burnt Bridge Cellars. It has a lovely aroma of citrus, almond and dust. Although it is a bit pricy for an unknown, to drink it is to love it. Makes me feel like a King.This is their 2013 Vintage Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis

  • La Cave d'Augustin Florent Monbazillac 2010


    Golden color. Short lived hints of tropical fruits. Unbalanced and short aftertaste. Read More

    Wine review by mark

  • The Semillon I had was almost certainly McGaw...I like the switch to Tofanelli. Out of curiosity, what's the stated alcohol on it? Read More

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  • I think you're on too many lists as it is. Maybe another swap is in our ... a contributor stated that Semillon should have a few years on it before it peaks.  I'd never heard that before, but maybe I'll hide a bottle for a few years.  I have another Tofanelli and two McGaw Family bottles that came with that last deliver Read More

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  • I would say check Dirty & Rowdy for Semillon (which really is completely different, at 10.67% ABV for this latest release) Mark, but I think you're on too many lists as it is. Maybe another swap is in our future.There was something about the voluptuousness of the 2012 Myriad Semillon that I enjoyed, but ultimately it was a little too rich and al... Read More

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  • Myriad Semillon Tofanelli Vineyard Napa Valley 2014


    Pretty, clear light yellow color. Fairly perfumy nosetropical fruits with, maybe, some floral. Lots of fruit on entry. Pineapple, melon. As it moves back, Im getting more tropical fruitbanana. Terrific acidity makes this wine incredibly easy to drinkheck, gulp. Read More

    Wine review by EMark

  • OK, again, Semillon is far from the most arcane grape variety.  However, while in the last few years I have had various blends (domestic and old world) containing it, I'll bet it's been 20-25 years since I've had a varietal bottling.  This one arrived last week as a part of my very first Syrah order from Myriad--2014 Tofanelli Vineyard. Boy, thi... Read More

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  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past ... ... chardonnay, pinot gris, semillon and sauvignon blanc” and is wild-fermented in oak and a “large, amphora-like ceramic egg.” While the blend may sound like the stuff of grade-school sugar mongers making suicides from the soda fountain a Burger King, it actua... Read More

    From the article Going Old-School: Some Australian Winemakers Embrace "Field Blend"

  • Getting back on track here I thought I'd add something different, at least ... wine out of it. More of a Semillon nose than Sauv Blanc, The palate is a little simple and sweet up front but the skins show up mid-palate and linger late along with the acidity. Interesting, paired well with our Asian inspired dinner, but otherwise just OK. Was a B... Read More

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