2017 MARSTON FAMILY VINEYARD ALBION
Beginning in 2009, this is our ninth vintage of Albion and continues in the traditional Bordeaux Blanc style with rich, concentrated fruit balanced by an elegant backbone of acidity and personality. The vineyard source has remained consistent with the same rows of Sauvignon Blanc Clone 530 (Loire Clone) perfectly positioned alongside the western edge of Rector Creek, in the heart of Gamble Family Vineyard. Named for our forefather, Albion Paris Marston, this special release combines classic Old World structure with New World fruit, embracing our heritage from the chalk cliffs of Dover to the Pacific Coast of Northern California, declared “New Albion” by Sir Francis Drake.
The 2017 growing season began with welcomed rainfall that refilled reservoirs and replenished soils, causing an end to the drought that had persisted throughout the Napa Valley. Favorable Spring conditions lead to healthy cluster development, complemented by warm afternoons and cool evenings throughout the early summer months. The modest crop handled the consistent weather patterns beautifully, and achieved optimal ripeness to allow for harvest well before a significant heat wave arrived over Labor Day weekend in early September.
Appellation: Yountville, Napa Valley
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc (clone 530)
Harvest Date: Harvested Aug 22nd– 24th, 2017
Vinification: 50% Stainless, 50% Barrel fermentation; 100% Oak Aging (20% new) for 6 months
Production: 375 Cases Bottled on March 12th, 2018
Winemaker Tasting Notes: “An intense bouquet of rose petal, currant, black raspberry and violet jumps from the glass. Youthful and exuberant, a core of crushed blackberries interwoven with cassis and lavender forms layers upon layers of complexity. Polished, velvety tannins highlight the silky finish, and the flavors will only evolve with time. Enchanting.” – Marbue Marke, Winemaker