Kalin Cellars Sémillon Livermore Valley 1998
The potential of the Semillon grape to produce superior dry white wine has not been realized in California due to the proclivity of this variety to overproduce when grown on all but the poorest soil types. The combination of ninety year old vines, and the perfect soil and climate for this variety, insures a wine of substantial depth, complexity and style. Our experience with this grape variety suggests that these wines like the best white Graves, will be capable of attaining great age and distinction. We believe that Semillon can produce wines which are fully comparable to the highest levels of quality realized in dry white wines regardless of the grape variety involved.
Honeyed melon, tropical fruit, lychee. Great, elegant mouthfeel. Tasty, with good balance. 91 pts. 5/26/12
Not over the hill! Just right. Rich, still fruit. Buscuits. Strawberry on nose? Also wet dog.
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