Sonoma Valley Monte Rosso Vineyard
100% Semillon • Heritage Clone
Production: 45 cases • Bottled: November 2015 • 12 Months in Oak • Winemaker: Julia Iantosca
At Lasseter Family Winery, we devote ourselves to creating unique and distinctive wine blends. The blending process is mercurial, each vintage requiring different proportions of wines to create continuity of style. The French phrase 'zut alors', means 'shucks!' our exact sentiment when we realized that a small lot of old vine semillon was available after our blending process was complete. This wine tastes fantastic and is simply too precious not to share with friends. Monte Rosso Vineyard is home to the oldest planting of Semillon in California. This century old, dry farmed, mountain top vineyard is the source of grapes for this wine. Made in classic European sytle, teh wine was barrel fermented and aged 12 months on the lees with frequent battonage. The wine has classic fig aromas, lush texture and pervasive flavors of ripe fruit and spice.
SONOMA VALLEY | MONTE ROSSO VINEYARD
The historic Monte Rosso Vineyard is home to the oldest planting of Semillon in the state of California. These century-old, head trained vines grow on a mountain top site at 1800 feet above the valley floor. The site is within the Moon Mountain District on teh western side of Sonoma Valley in the Mayacamas Mountain Range. Despite being tempered by two coastal influences, the Pacific Ocean and San Pablo Bay, the region stays warmer due to its higher elevation, above the marine fog zone. Soils are dominated by Sonoma Volcanics, rocky soils that provided good drainage. The vines grown here are less vigorous, with low yields and great concentration of flavor. We employed traditional winemaking techniques to make this wine. The grapes were hand-harvested in the cool early morning then pressed immediately upon arrival at the winery. The wine fermented in French oak barrels, approximately 30% new oak. The resulting wine shows the power and character that are the hallmark of an old vine vineyard. The aroma and flavors display some of the influences of barrel aging, creme brulee and touches of vanilla - a beguiling blend of terroir and technique.