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The Lost Colony White Blend 2016

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Our newest addition to the Legends

Beautifully fragrant with silky and crisp flavors

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2016 The Lost Colony White Blend

LEGEND OF THE LOST COLONY OF ROANOKE

An ocean voyage to a new world. Promises of riches and opportunities. The harrowing journey ended abruptly as they landed at a new colony in a foreign land greeted by traces of the tormented fate of the settlers before them. Who else was on this island? Would they survive?  

ALEXANDER VALLEY

Stretching 22 miles in length, part of what makes Alexander Valley an intriguing appellation is the variety of soil compositions found here. Eastern hillsides feature red volcanic soil while the western hillsides are comprised of rocky clay loam. The valley floor is made up of alluvial gravel fans with patches of volcanic ash and sedimentary solids peppering the terrain. This incredible diversity allows a range of varietals to grow in Alexander Valley, including Sauvignon Blanc, which is sourced from vineyards just east of the winery.  

WINEMAKER’S NOTES

Styled after white Bordeaux, we use partial barrel fermentation on the fruit to develop a subtle richness in the wine. Spending just a little time on lees in aged and neutral barrels creates a softer, creamier palate, giving the wine a distinctly different texture and flavor profile than those produced in stainless steel. The small addition of Semillon further softens the crisp, acidic edge of Sauvignon Blanc, helping coax out stone fruit flavors and mineral nuances.

2016 was a traditional vintage in terms of weather. A cold, rainy winter prepared the vines for good yields and helped prolong the season, giving the vines extra hangtime to accumulate flavor and phenolic development. Harvest unfolded at a slower pace, allowing the winemaking team to devote more attention to each batch of fruit. This resulted in very high quality fruit with excellent concentration. 

TASTING NOTES

Our debut vintage of Lost Colony White offers a beautiful, fresh fragrance of tropical fruit, white grapes and honeysuckle. Its silky texture presents a framework of citrus fruits with flavors of sweet lemon, Bartlett pear, and white nectarine flowing on the palate and finishing with a clean wisp of minerals. 

Appellation: Alexander Valley

Blend: 95% Sauvignon Blanc, 5% Semillon

Alcohol: 13.4%

Total Acid: .51g/100ml

pH: 3.60

Barrel Regimen: 25% barrel fermented in 2-yr old French oak

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