$22 (retail) Wine Club pricing reflected in receipt
This wine is the creation of Nicole Abiouness, a native of Virginia who, after graduating from college, left her home state in 1995 to pursue a passion for food and wine. This was the start of an odyssey that would take her to the Culinary Institute in Napa, harvests in Australia and France (in the same year), stints in Sauternes and Burgundy and finally, a cellar position at Chappellet.
Her career-defining break came when she was tapped by John Kongsgaard to work at Luna Vineyards in Napa—eventually as cellar master. In 2000 she made her first solo wine, a Carneros pinot noir. Nicole worked independently until 2012 when she teamed up with Sonoma native John Herrguth who helps run the company.
Winery Tasting Notes: “This is our third year producing this delicious blend of white grapes we call Amrita, or the ‘nectar of the Gods’ in Sanskrit. The 2013 is a delicate, floral, aromatic white with nice acid and enough backbone to stand up to so many summertime dishes. Bosc pears, fresh pineapple, honey and gardenia envelop the nose. These flavors carry through on the palate and the acid leaves your mouth watering for more!”
Blend: Four white varietals, percentages not disclosed: malvasia bianca, pinot gris, viognier and moscato
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