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.
In the 2016 vintage, the final cepage was 61% Roussanne, 17% Grenache Blanc, 17% Clairette Blanche. & 5% Picpoul Blanc. The 2016 vintage was another drought year throughout the Central Coast. Yields at harvest were slighlty below average. With no harvest time precipitation, we safely let the fruit hang well into the fall for full phenolic ripeness and excellent flavors and acidity.
The ‘16 Madonne Blanc reflects its Southern Rhone heritage: sunny, bright, floral, and fruity. Intended for early consumption, the wine’s crisp green apple, candied lemon and lime, and citrus and jasmine character will pair wonderfully with the Mediterranean Chicken and Avocado Salad recipe.
Cooperage: neutral oak for seven months