2016 Casteñada White Blend

2016 Casteñada White Blend

The Casteñada White Blend is the third Rhone varietal to complete the trio of our limited and exclusive Casteñada label. The fruit for this vibrant blend is sourced just next to our famed Estate Durell Vineyard in Sonoma Valley. We ferment and age this wine in a mix of concrete amphora and stainless steel drums, giving it some amazing complexity!  A blend of 30% Grenache Blanc, 30% Roussanne, 17% Marsanne, and 13% Viognier, it comes together with wonderful floral notes and hints of lemon verbena.   This blend is crisp on the entry while having a nice round body and some real texture- a wonderful wine for almost any season!

This wine is sold out. The 2017 Casteñada White Blend will be released Fall 2018. 

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Vintage
2016 was a relatively smooth year that unfolded at a steady pace and with mild temperatures. While we didn’t have many exceptionally hot days, it was one of the earlier harvests on our record. Flowering and fruit set beautifully and yields were above normal, which was a nice change from previous years. We harvested our first grapes in mid-August, and had picked about 25% of our Pinot Noir and then a sudden cool spell arrived. This allowed cooler climate vineyards that had yet to be harvested to remain on the vine longer and develop deep and expressive flavors. The berries were smaller and heartier than normal which resulted in great depth of color and structure. We are extremely excited by the 2016’s - they are something special! Pretty, expressive, and pleasurable.
Technical
Technical
Vintage
2016
Appellation
Sonoma Valley
Total Acidity
5.9 g/L
pH
3.37
Aging
11 Months in Stainless Steel and 10% French Oak
Fermentation
Concrete Amphora
Alcohol %
14.6