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District Series 2018

Frenchman’s Blend

Oak Knoll District
Napa Valley
$22.40 CLUB

Do not be fooled by the alluring orange blossom, jasmine and apricot perfume, this wine finishes bone dry. The lemon vibrancy is ethereal but classically refreshing. A wonderful way to unwind after a long day, this wine is sure to take you away on vacation. Perhaps take-out shrimp Pad Thai or coconut red curry complete the fantasy.

Markham District Series Frenchmans Blend

Wine Specs

vintage

2018

Bottling Date

August 2020

Release Date

Late Spring 2020

Alcohol %

13%

Acid

0.52 g/100 ml

pH

3.40

Varietal Composition

71% Chardonnay
29% Muscat Blanc

Fermentation

100% Barrel Fermented

Aging

10 Mo. French Oak
15 Barrels Produced

Vineyard Notes

  • 100% NAPA GREEN LAND & WINERY Certified
  • 100% Estate Grown – Trubody Vineyard
  • Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
  • Clone 4 & Muscat Blanc
  • Whole Cluster pressed & Co-Fermented
  • Harvested October 5 – 6, 2018
  • 22.3°Brix at Harvest

 

Created as an experiment suggested by my assistant winemaker. This wine both honors our founder with our California version of a Rhone-style wine. The intensely floral Muscat adds exotic notes to this provocative wine making it an exciting wine to pair with spicy noodle bowls.

KIMBERLEE NICHOLLS, WINEMAKER

Harvest Notes

  • The 2018 vintage was textbook “normal”, but this vintage was preordained.
  • Grape vines set their crop in the record rainfall of Spring 2016, much like fruit trees.
  • Vines stored away nutrients to produce heavy yields in all varietals.
  • Care was taken to fine tune crop loads to maintain intensity in the fruit.
  • Veraison was three weeks behind schedule, followed by a cool summer.
  • After brief rains, Fall heat ushered in harvest.