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2020 Le Mistral "The White Witch"

2020 Le Mistral
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In this year’s blend, roughly equal proportions of Roussanne, Viognier, and Marsanne were blended – creating a magical wine that won’t last long.  Grapes from three vineyards in Monterey County were picked at various times through harvest depending on ripening.  The Roussanne and Marsanne were picked first, both from the Boekenoogen Vineyard in the upper Carmel Valley.  These two varieties are extremely textural, rich and dry (and are used for Hermitage Blanc wines in the Northern Rhone – some extremely age worthy gems).  The Viognier came from Cedar Lane Vineyard and offers a bright perfumy lift that the other two varieties sometimes lack.  Grenache Blanc was picked from Mission Ranch Vineyard in the Arroyo Seco AVA and added to the blend (but at 1%, isn’t contributing a whole lot – just saying).  Once picked the grapes were gently pressed before barrel fermenting and aging for a total of 11 months.  Dry, textural and rich, this wine has alluring qualities that evolve as it opens. 

Wine Specs
White Wine
Monterey County
Harvest Date
Oct 2020
9 months in neutral French oak
Bottling Date
Aug 2021
Alcohol %
Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
Pear, graham cracker, dried apricot, fresh almond husk, kumquat, kiwi, yellow apple skins, glazed peaches, jasmine green tea and sweet corn, with a rich texture and creamy finish.
Vineyard Notes
Roussanne + Marsanne – Boekenoogen, Viognier – Cedar Lane
Winemaker Notes
Best to Drink: Now through 2030