Intelligent Design Cuvee Blanc 2009
The grapes for this exciting blend were harvested in Santa Barbara County during the cool morning hours in October. They were brought to the winery and immediately pressed to cold, stainless steel fermentation tanks. The juice was allowed to settle at 50° F overnight and then barreled down to one and two year old French oak barrels for the start of fermentation. Natural yeasts were used to enhance mouth feel and aromatics. After primary fermentation was completed, secondary Malolactic fermentation was used on 60% of the blend. This adds roundness to the mouth, and softens some of the harder acids that can occur. After aging in barrel for 10 months, the wine was nitrogen racked to tank and the final blend was assembled. Great care was taken at every stage of the winemaking process to ensure that the wonderful aromatics and luxurious texture of this wine remained at the forefront.
It's hard for me to find a white that I really enjoy. Most are way over oaked or have too much acidity. The first time I enjoyed this wine I felt like the wine and I were long lost mates. This wine has wonderful note of lemon and peach notes which give it great body. yet it also has nice mineral notes towards the middle of it. Then end with a nice long apple finish. Good job!!!
It is very hard for me to find a white wine that I really enjoy. most are way over oaked or very acidic. Yet when I found this wine I felt like this wine was my long lost mate. The Cuvee Blanc is wonderfully balanced with just the right acid and fruit. Lemon and peaches make up the body. With refreshing minerals in the middle. Ending with apples and melon on the finish. I love this wine.
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Aroma: This wonderfully aromatic white Rhone style blend showcases a complex array of floral and tropical notes, ripe peach, apricot, white pepper and stone fruits. It rewards the nose with hints of pear, spiced apple and fresh baked lemon meringue. A touch of toasty French oak gives one a hint of sweet vanilla, and rounds out the nose. Palate: Upon taking your first sip, you will immediately notice the creamy and silky texture this wine presents. As the wine flows across your mid-palate a mineral component coupled with good natural acidity takes over and warms the mouth. The finish is smooth and satisfying and lingers long after you have set the glass down.
250 cases produced.
Aged 6 months in French Oak.
Aged 6 months in Steel.
Notes: 50% new oak barrels
|Alcohol: 14.1%||pH: 3.6|
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