2012 - Library Wines

Vintage Notes

Bud break occurred the last week of February at Riverbench Vineyard. Weather conditions were favorable for a good set. This year proved to be another very cool spring and summer without much rain.  The conditions were ideal for the formation of small clusters and small berries. Temperatures were moderate for most of August and stayed that way throughout harvest. Quality was high and flavors and characters were concentrated.  We had great color development on the Pinot Noir in Santa Maria Valley.  Quantity was up from 2011, with an average of about 3 tons per acre on our nearly 40 year old vines. Other regions of the state experienced a good amount of rain during harvest.  We were blessed to have all fruit in house and processed before the pattern of rains began mid-October.

  • 2012 Viognier

    White Hawk Vineyard

    Tasting Notes

    Floral and honeysuckle aromas lead to stone fruits with hints of wet gravel on the palate.

    Production

    - 114 cases

    Retail

    - $34 Limited Availability

    Technical Notes

    pH TA RS ALC
    3.54 6.37 gm/L 0.09 gm/L 14.5%

    Wine Advocate #214 - August 2014

    86 pts "More straightforward, the 2012 Viognier White Hawk Vineryard has a fruit-forward, easygoing feel to go with ripe melon, peach and apple skin aromas and flavors. It's an attractive, enjoyable Viognier to drink over the coming 6-12 months." - Jeb Dunnuck

    Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide - December 2013

    91 pts "Wow, what a dynamic Viognier. One sip is all it takes for the wine to explode in tropical fruit, citrus, peach, honeysuckle, vanilla and buttered toast flavors. But it’s no mere fruit bomb, balanced with acidity, dryness and minerality. Great price for a wine this rich and complex." - Steve Heimoff

  • 2012 Pinot Blanc

    Bien Nacido Vineyard

    Tasting Notes

    Hints of mandarin blossoms, tangerines and stone fruits give way to a bright , crisp lemon lime minerality, brown spice with vibrant flavors of lemon curd and pecorino.

    Production

    - 92 cases

    Retail

    - $24 Limited Availability

    Technical Notes

    pH TA RS ALC
    3.45 6.5 gm/L 0.10 gm/L 14.5%

    Wine Advocate #214 - August 2014

    89 pts "The 2012 Pinot Blanc Bien Nacido Vineyard has an exotic, perfumed profile with its mint, tropical fruit, citrus blossoms and hints of almond bouquet. Made in a medium-bodied, supple and nicely textured style, it is a delicious effort that has both freshness and texture. Drink it over the coming year or so. This is a solid lineup from winemaker Clarissa Nagy." - Jeb Dunnuck

    International Wine Challenge - November 2013

    90 pts "Light yellow. Exotic passion fruit and poached pear aromas are brightened by jasmine and ginger. Smooth and seamless in texture, offering juicy orchard and tropical fruit flavors and a touch of Meyer lemon. The floral quality carries through the finish, which shows very good energy and punch." - Josh Raynolds

  • 2012 Syrah

    White Hawk Vineyard

    Tasting Notes

    Floral, black pepper and mineral notes. Inky notes with red plums, dark berries, lush tannins and a toasty and smoky finish.

    Production

    - 100 cases

    Retail

    - $48 Limited Availability

    Technical Notes

    pH TA RS ALC
    3.60 6.0 gm/L 0.09 gm/L 14.8%

    Wine Enthusiast Buying Guide 6/1/2016

    88 Aromas of beach tar and blackberry jam show on the nose of this wine from White Hawk Vineyard. The palate is also quite tarry, with concentrated blackberry flavors, hints of teriyaki and a strong acidic backbone.

  • 2012 Pinot Noir

    Garey Ranch Vineyard

    Tasting Notes

    Red cherries, chinese five spice, and rose petals entice your nose. Aromas of raspberries, bing cherries, damp clay and brown spice to fill your mouth.

    Production

    - 131

    Retail

    - $48 Limited Availability

    Technical Notes

    pH TA RS ALC
    3.46 6.1 gm/L 0.04 gm/L 13.9
  • Library Wines

    Limited Availability