2013 Sluice Box

2013 Sluice Box

Blend of Vermentino, Marssanne, Grenache Blanc, & Picpoul

El Dorado

Our white Rhône style blend where we let the vintage inspire our final blend. In 2013 50% of the blend was skin fermented, 50% whole cluster pressed. From a varietal perspective, the Marsanne and Vermentino had portions made on the skins, Picpoul and Grenache Blanc were exclusively whole cluster pressed. This is a white wine with a red’s backbone that has the stuffing for the fall and winter table. Pairs well with pork tacos, spicy vegetarian fare and whipped Brandade.

  • Appellation: El Dorado
  • Vineyards: Fenaughty, Swansboro
  • Varietals: Marsanne, Grenache Blanc, Vermentino & Picpoul
  • Clones: Tablas Creek
  • Age: 14/6/6/6 years
  • Elevation: 2800 feet
  • Soil: Hotow, Aiken & Argonaut loam
  • Yield: 3 tons/acre
  • Harvested: August 27- September 5, 2013
  • Pressed: Sept. 14, 18 & 25 2012
  • Blend: 31%M/48%V/13%GB/9%P
  • Fermentation: Neutral FO & wood vat
  • Barrel aging: 9 months
  • Bottled: Unfiltered on May 23, 2014
  • Production: 311 cases
  • Release date: Fall 2014

Reminiscent of stones warmed by the bright sun on a cold day in the Northern Rhone, this wine combines dried white flowers and citrus rind aromas with a balanced, yet taut body composed of minerality and fleshy weight from the skin contact.

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