2018 Hanna French Colombard 750ml
Vineyard: Extra grapes elicit no delight in a large harvest’s weary end, but local vineyard owner and trucking magnate Butch Cameron’s late October 2016 call offering a couple of tons of Russian River Colombard got me in my truck fast. Once an important cultivar in Sonoma county, it now exists only in a few remnant plots amounting to fewer than 10 acres. I had made Colombard from the Ukiah and Anderson Valleys years ago and enjoyed its enigmatic combination of vibrancy and neoteny- it’s not that it aged well, rather that it simply stayed young.
Vintage 2018: Moderate temperatures (aside from a brief heat spike in June), adequate rainfall, and no frost pressure set the stage for even maturation of early season cultivars. The temperate late summer and early fall weather, coupled with a large, resulted in an elongated harvest. October 1st rain provided some drama, but it dried quickly enough to be a blessing for everything but Chardonnay. Our 2018 Colombard was harvested on October 11, at an average of 19.5° Brix, TA of 1.05 g/100 mL, and pH 3.05.
Winemaking: Our winemaking begins in the vineyard. We manage the canopies to achieve flavor enhancing filtered light from fruit set on. Harvesting is done at night by hand. We inoculated with a combination of two different yeasts and aged in stainless steel on the lees until eight weeks before bottling. This keeps the wine fresh and bright.
Tasting Notes: Beautifully limpid with a turn of green in the glass, our Colombard exudes aromas of lime, seashore and hayfield. Flavors are echoic with mouthfeel that is at once delicate, taut, poised and elegant
Age of the Vines: 50+ Years
Residual Sugar: 0.3%
Avg. Brix at Harvest: 19.5o
Harvest Date: October 11, 2019
Malolactic Fermentation: None
Length/Type of Aging: Stainless Steel
Bottling Date: August 12, 2019