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Professional Ratings: 92 Wine Spectator, 92 Wine & Spirits
Region: Sonoma County, California
Varietal: Bordeaux White Blends
Style: Light & Crisp
Item no. 92497
The 2006 Alluvium Blanc is predominantly Semillion (47%) and Sauvignon Blanc (43%) with small amounts of Chardonnay (8%) and Viognier (2%). All of the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon lots were barrel fermented in French Nevers oak and stirred on the lees twice a month during barrel aging because Laurie wanted a round, lush mouthfeel in the wine and vanilla, nutty-toasty oak aromas and flavors.
Nearly all of the wine was aged in new and once used French oak (1/3 new) for eight months in an effort to create a good balance between the fruit flavors and oak nuances. The wines underwent malolactic fermentation (90%) to bring a creaminess that balances the crisp acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc. After nine months aging, Laurie blended in the Chardonnay to add structure and lushness, along with Viognier to enhance the honeysuckle aromas.
"The proprietary Alluvium name pays homage to the alluvial soils of Knights Valley. We select the best blend of white varietals from vintage to
vintage. For the 2006 Alluvium Blanc, bright citrus, nectarine and melon aromas lead
into a mouthcoating creaminess balanced by bright fruit characteristics with hints of
toasty oak, honey and lemon zest. This wine reminds me of a fig tart with just a touch
—Laurie Hook, Winemaker