The 128-year-old Semillon was partially barrel fermented in neutral oak while the remainder was done in stainless steel. For the Pagani and Saitone lots (planted 1920 and 1895 respectively), fermentation was purely in stainless. Since no component was put through malolactic fermentation (we wanted to retain freshness and acidity), the wine was filtered but not fined.
An inviting fresh and spicy nose, exhibiting key lime, balsa, honeysuckle and macaroon scents. More lithe and harmonious on the palate than previous vintages, with less oak influence. The acidity is in check, while the Semillon provides a slightly oily character, married with the green apple, melon, preserved lemon and white grapefruit influences. A touch of toast and gingerbread on the finish. This wine is a lovely sipper and should complement cheese plates, seafood, and light pasta dishes in particular. A singular and distinctive white. Drink 2017 – 2020. (JCM – 07/18/16)