2016 Madonne Blanc Estate



The S.V. Madonne Blanc is our effort to emulate the traditional white wines of the southern Rhone Valley. It is a marriage of California soils and climate to a classicly - styled blend of estate grown, Rhone white varieties. The final cépage was 61% Roussanne, 17% Grenache Blanc, 17% Clairette Blanche, and 5% Picpoul Blanc.

Tasting Notes

The ‘16 Madonne Blanc reflects its Southern Rhone heritage: sunny, bright, floral, and fruity. Intended for early consumption, the wine’s ripe apple, peach, lemon creme, and vanilla aromas and flavors will prove a refreshing pairing with summertime Mediterranean fare. 


We hand harvested and whole cluster pressed the fruit on the home ranch on pick dates September 18, 23, and 24, and on October 10 and 23. Fermentation began using yeast “Rhone 4600” in neutral French oak barrels. After the barrel fermentation, the wine was matured sur lie in the same neutral oak cooperage for seven months, with batonnage stirrings every two weeks. Secondary, malo-lactic fermentation was not encouraged, so as to maintain the bright fruit and lively acidity of the wine.

Vineyard Sources

Appellation: Santa Clara Valley
Vineyard: Sarah's Estate
Grower: Tim Slater

Technical Data

Alcohol: 14.1

Cooperage: neutral oak for seven months

Production: 416

2016 Madonne Blanc Estate