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Nacré Vintage Study

$60.00 750mL

What is vintage variation? The two bottles of "Nacré" Semillon we've offered to our club members for the Spring 2024 release are a perfect demonstration of how each growing season can leave an impression on the finished wine. Both of these wines grew on the same vines, and were picked at nearly identical ripeness levels -- however, they are distinctly different. The 2014 shows the hallmarks of a mild to warm growing season, while the 2015 is still packed with energy and shows the nuances of youth, even after 9 years of elevage! What differences do you notice between these two stellar vintages? Enjoy the 2015 as a sneak preview for our club members only: this vintage will not be released to the general public until later this year. High fives!

Grown in the heart of the Napa Valley, just north of the town of Yountville, by the Hoxsey family. Planted in the 1950s by Andy Hoxsey and his father; the soils are a mix of alluvial loam, river cobble, and volcanic. The vines are organically tended and dry farmed.

The both wines were hand-picked and pressed whole cluster, and underwent spontaneous/native fermentation in stainless steel. Racked off lees at the completion of ferment, the wine was bottled in the following spring in order to allow the significant portion of the wine’s aging and development to occur under cork. To this end, it was aged 7+ years in bottle prior to its release.

The Nacré is produced in the same fashion as the Sémillons of Australia’s Hunter Valley and is capable of decades of aging. The wine bears the name Nacré -- meaning mother-of-pearl -- as a testament to its affinity for pairing with oysters. Crisp, racy and focused, with layer upon layer of flavor that opens up with decantation.

Nacré Vintage Study  - Forlorn Hope Wines

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