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2010 - Limited Late Harvest Semillon

Our Limited Late Harvest Semillon has been produced only three times in the nearly four decades of Silverado Vineyards life. So, it truly is Limited, produced only when botrytis occurs naturally in the Miller Ranch vineyard. As with all wines that carry our distinctive silver, Limited label, the wine must meet our winemaker’s exacting palate standard as the very highest expression of the very finest vintages. 

Limited Late Harvest Semillon
Vintage Notes For late harvest wines, the season really begins after all the other grapes have been picked. At that point, Semillon, the principal variety of the blend, might have 20° or 21° of sugar, low acid, and bland flavors. But if the weather cooperates, as it did in 2010, this humble grape can turn into something sublime. Over the next month to six weeks, if there are alternating periods of moisture and dry conditions, spores of the noble rot, botrytis cinerea, begin to grow and perforate the thin skin of Semillon grapes, shrinking the berries, concentrating the sugar and acid. Winemaker's Notes Slow, careful hand-harvesting of botrytis-affected clusters took place in mid- November, with all hands on deck. Crews, including the winemaking staff from the winery, first passed through the vineyard removing any clusters or berries with sour rot or undesirable molds. Then, we took a second pass, carefully picking clusters affected by the noble rot, their berries turned soft, deliciously sweet, and spicy. The yield was exceedingly small. The fruit was very gently pressed and settled until the juice was a beautiful golden color, and then fermented in brand-new barrels and aged for nearly a year and a half. Tasting Notes In the glass, the wine has a golden luster. Aromatically vibrant with all-spice, ripe peach, hazelnut, and Crème Brulee. Concentrated dried apricots, peaches, and honey flavors, with an underlying mineral note, make this wine seem fresh, not cloying.
  • Varietal 75% Semillon
    20% Sauvignon Blanc
    5% Chardonnay
  • Appellation Yountville
  • Vineyard 100% Miller Ranch
  • Harvest Info November 18, 2010
    37.8° Brix
  • Analysis 14.3% Alcohol
    7.80 g/L TA
    4.23 pH
    14.1% Rs
    Bottled April 2012