2013 Antle Pinot Blanc
A wonderful example of what Pinot Blanc can be -- light & fruity with notes of pear & apple; slightly smoky with a crisp acidity, minerality & long finish. Enjoy on its own or with crab cakes, seafood bisque, chicken cordon bleu or a spring vegetable stew.
French oak barrels, neutral with new Radoux puncheons
We pressed whole clusters, chilled the juice quickly and let it settle for a short period of time before racking to used barrels and new Radoux puncheons for fermentation. It was aged sur lies for 8 months and experienced partial malolactic fermentation.
The grapes for this wine were sourced from the Antle Vineyard (aka Pinnaclacitos Chalone), which was originally planted by Dick Graff in 1989. This historic vineyard is a pleasure to behold: it sits in a protected southwest- facing dell overlooking the Salinas Valley. The gnarly old vines surrounded by the striking rock outcroppings of the Pinnacles area makes for a tremendous scene that reminds one of days gone by in California. In a nutshell, it was a pleasure and privilege to work with a piece of history! This vintage was perfect in every way in California and Chalone – although known for its sometimes intense heat in the summer – did not escape the trend. 7.1 tons were hand-harvested on September 16, 2013.