2014 Valley Of the Moon Pinot Blanc, Sonoma County
Pinot Blanc is a varietal that needs to mature a bit longer on the vine than Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. After that extended maturation, we give the juice time to cool ferment in stainless steel tanks. This process keeps the active fermentation from blowing delicate aromatics into the atmosphere. Then, after the yeasts have done their job, we mix the wine to resuspend any grapes solids that can be useful in aging, and also barrel a portion of the overall blend down into a mixture of new and used French Oak and Acacia barrels. This touch of barrel aging develops texture and palette roundness. The French grown Acacia barrels lift aromatics to highlight this varietal's really delicious tropical profile. Our 2014 hand-crafted Pinot Blanc is refreshing and very drinkable.
Valley of the Moon wines are produced by Madrone Estate Winery, one of Sonoma Valley's oldest and most historic winery estates. Originally founded in 1863, the Stewart Family purchased the estate - then named Valley of the Moon - in 2012 and completed a renovation to focus on estate-driven, small lot wines from the historic property. Valley of the Moon wines honor an important 75-year era when Italian proprietors Enrico Domenici and Henry Parducci grew grapes and made wines at the estate. Valley of the Moon wines are available nationally in restaurants and wine stores.