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2008 Gemella Viognier - was grown in small sun-kissed and windswept vineyard blocks in the cooler southern end of the Napa Valley. One block is located in Oak Knoll, while the other vineyard block is located in Carneros and is grown by Larry Hyde. Harvest timing was essential, allowing for full flavor development and phenolic maturity in the skins. 2005 Petite Sirah Port - was sourced from 60 year old vines planted by an Italian family in a small vineyard next to their home in Mendocino County. The old vine stress, the volcanic soil, and the warm climate combine harmoniously to create Petite Sirah clusters of the highest quality and the best potential for killer vintage port.

The Wines:
2008 Gemella Viognier - Once the desired flavors were at their peak, the fruit was gently whole cluster pressed while very cold and slowly fermented in neutral French oak barrels until complete dryness. Throughout the winemaking process Jay was driven to capture the essence of the Viognier varietal profile while handcrafting a white wine with as much complexity and excitement as the Buoncristiani reds. The aroma exhibits layers of fresh white peaches, apricots, honeysuckle, subtle vanilla, and sweet spices. Flavors on the palate mirror white stone fruits, minerals, and exotic spices with a full body and a long finish with vibrant acidity. (244 cases handcrafted)

2005 Petite Sirah Port - Clusters of late harvested old vine Petite Sirah gems are the backbone of this Vintage Port. The other main component is ultra premium brandy, hand distilled by the master Hubert Germain-Robin. The result of marrying these two liquid gems together at just the right time during fermentation has produced an unctuous, inky, ultra ripe, opulent port with intense black fruit flavors and super rich velvety tannins. The mouthfeel is heavenly and the finish of the wine lasts for over 60 seconds as it slowly melts away. (74 cases handcrafted)

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