After blending the DVX each year, we set aside part of the blend and add a small amount of red Pinot Noir to give the wine it’s beautiful rose color. A shorter aging time on the yeast as compared to DVX allows the red fruit flavors to express themselves in balance with the toasty, yeast notes.
2017 was a warmer vintage, allowing for development of beautiful, ripe flavors in the grapes. Twenty-two percent of the DVX blend fermented in older oak barrels, lending a nice spice note to this wine, along with mid-palate weight. The small addition of red wine to the blend shifted the personality of the wine in favor of Pinot Noir, but without sacrificing the elegance of the Chardonnay.