Sunday, September 5, 2010

HARVEST HAS BEGUN - - 2010 VELLUM White





The early morning of Friday, September 3rd, welcomed VELLUM's first white production - an experimental batch of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion - to make the 2010 VELLUM White.

We are undoubtedly one of the first wineries to harvest white grapes (for still wine) this year...and the cold weather continues to dog the majority of Napa Valley.

Not so for VELLUM!

We love cool weather and our grapes are benefiting from the long ripening season.

The red grapes continue their slow crawl toward maturity at 23.5 brix, perfect sugar levels for low alcohols and balanced acidity.

The whites however, were right on time! A little about what will make the 2010 VELLUM White so special...

Made in a classic Bordeaux style, our Sauvignon Blanc and Semillion were immediately pressed as whole clusters. Yesterday they began co-fermenting in neutral French oak barrels.

The wine will be kept on the heavy lees and stirred daily to provide body and depth.

This will be no ordinary wine...

And we cannot wait to share it with you!

More coming soon,

- Jeff Mathy, Proprietor

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