2013 was the second of three generous vintages, with overall quantity coming just under that of 2012. The slight reduction in quantity allowed for excellent quality, with fantastic concentration of flavors and a structure that lends itself to long aging. This 2013 Devaux Ranch Blanc de Blancs is a blend of several blocks of Chardonnay from our estate vineyard in Carneros. With the great flavor concentration and beautiful balance between ripe fruit and acidity, the winemaking team felt this was the best expression of the vintage.
Grapes were picked in the early morning hours and delivered to the wine presses in pristine condition. The juice was fermented at cool temperature to preserve the delicate fruit flavors, and the different blocks were blended together to create the ideal balance desired by the winemaking team.
This wine opens with notes of brioche, yellow apples, quince, fresh cream, and Meyer lemon zest. On the palate, the frothy mousse gives way to a richly textured mid-palate with great acid and a long, biscuit finish. Enjoy this wine with poached white fish with lemon, or a steaming bowl of linguine and clams.
Facts & Figures
Blend: 100% Chardonnay Aging en tirage: 3 years (or 37 months) Alcohol: 12.5% TA: 7.5 g/L pH: 3.14 RS: 10.6 g/L (1.06%) Enjoy for the next 5-7 years