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Variety: 100% Semillon, Fries Desert Wind Vineyard, Wahluke Slope Winemaker Comments: The Fries Vineyard continues to...Read more...
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Variety: 100% Semillon, Fries Desert Wind Vineyard, Wahluke Slope Winemaker Comments: The Fries Vineyard continues to prove itself as an exceptional vineyard site for Semillon. The rich intensity of fruit has warranted the special vineyard designation for this wine. Harvest: The single word descriptor for the 2001 vintage is “consistency”. A mild spring led into near ideal fruit set in June. Warm temperatures remained consistent throughout July and August, without any adverse heat (above 100 degrees). As a result, veraison came on earlier than expected based on total heat unit accumulation. We plunged into crush September 7th, harvesting approximately 50% of our fruit in the two weeks following. Milder temperatures slowed the remaining harvest, with some varieties hanging on until the last week of October. Technical: The Semillon was harvested on September 24, 2001 at 25.1% Brix, 3.54 pH, and 0.69 grams/100 ml acidity. Bottled 434 cases July 8th, 2002; 3.26 pH, acid 0.69 g/100ml, 14.5% alcohol by volume, <0.2% residual sugar Description: This crisp and viscous wine shows its marvelous rich creamy apricot and pear flavors, with hints of fresh fig, vanilla and honeysuckle. Description: Vinification: The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and allowed to settle in tank. The juice was then racked off the solids into new and second year French oak barrels where it was then inoculated with Prise de Mousse yeast. It completed a slow but steady primary fermentation followed by secondary malolactic fermentation. The wine aged eight months in barrel with extended aging on the yeast lees.
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