Vintage 2016
Wine Type White
Varietal Pinot Blanc
Region Alexander Valley
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren
Grapes for our Pinot Blanc were grown in Sonoma County's celebrated Robert Young Vineyard in Alexander Valley. Partially barrel fermented in French oak, this wine shows a rich balance of floral, apple and melon flavors.

Tasting Notes

In the glass, inviting aromas of Asian pears, apple blossoms, poached Bosc pears and ripe stone fruit.  Crisp, bright and welcoming, with a solid acid backbone, the wine offers subtle mineral notes with a medium-body, a lively texture and pure, lovely fruit. Reviewers have often called it a “pretty wine” with very good reason.

Vineyard Notes

Since 1858, the Young family has been farming this land, tucked in a sheltered cove at the northern end of Alexander Valley, against the benchlands of the Mayacamas mountain range. There are eight distinct soils on the 448-acre ranch, and the 22-year old Pinot Blanc grows in alluvial clay soils that cause the vines to struggle and concentrate flavors and a distinctive and recognizable Robert Young style.

Vintage Notes

The extended drought caused concern as the 2016 growing season began, but welcomed winter rain hinted at the relief to come. Following a relatively dry January significant rainfall arrived in February, along with mild temperatures. Bud break was early, but was slowed by heavy April showers. While still early by historical standards, picking began about a week later than 2015, in mid-September. A traditionally sized harvest followed the lighter vintage of 2015, and the extended mild season helped balance the acids and add complexity to the fruit.

Winemaking Notes

Fermented primarily in stainless steel to retain freshness and crisp acidity, some 18% of the wine is barrel fermented in French Oak (just seven percent new) and aged sur lie for nine months to add complexity, texture and a touch of richness to the final wine.