Nichelini Family Winery
The Oldest Family-Owned Winery in Napa Valley
A rare 100% Sémillon, smooth and rich in flavor from beginning to end. Barrel-fermented in 100% new French oak.
This special Estate 100% Sémillon Reserve wine is named for Caterina Nichelini, our Founding Mother. It is a bit rare in Napa Valley, which has only 160 acres of these vines in production. Sémillon is often used in blending with other white wines, especially Sauvignon Blanc. I barrel fermented the wine for about one month to add more nuance. It did complete malolactic fermentation resulting in a smoothness and a creamy richness to the body, with a refreshing concentration of citrus.
A Bordeaux-style white wine, pale lemon in color with champagne-like notes of buttery pastry, balanced with a background of gooseberry and citrus, and some oak. Full-bodied but crisp, with a long finish. A white wine that ages well and can hold up to heavier dishes such as roast chicken or a pasta carbonara.
Taste along with Janette Dahn, 5th generation Nichelini, from our tasting room Click Here.
Alcohol: 12.2 %
Residual Sugar: 0.30 %
TA: 6.9 g/l
154 cases produced
Appellation: Napa Valley
Sub-appellation: Chiles Valley District
Aging: This Sémillon was barrel fermented 100% new French oak, cellared in stainless for three and a half months and then bottled until release.