Nichelini Family Winery
The Oldest Family-Owned Winery in Napa Valley
This wine is a blend of two Bordeaux white varietals: Muscadelle 70%, and Sauvignon Blanc 30%.
I love making blends because it allows me to focus solely on the taste and not the labeling rules. Muscadelle is a very interesting variety, in that it is has a steeliness that can be hard to soften. But instead of taming it, I found that Sauvignon Blanc can complement it, adding dimension to its aromas and flavors. Then I leave it just a tiny bit sweet to balance its brightness with a pleasant surprise.
A sunny, off-dry wine with a complex bouquet of green apple, pear, grapefruit and pineapple. Refreshing flavors of lemon-lime, gooseberry and green apple, with a medium body and crisp, bright finish.
Alcohol: 12.7 %
Residual Sugar: 0.60 %
TA: 6.4 g/l
121 cases produced
Appellation: Napa Valley
Sub-appellation: Chiles Valley District
Both the Muscadelle and the Sauvignon Blanc were fermented in stainless steel. After blending, the wine was cellared in stainless for four months before bottling.