(Grapes of Gold)
This is a traditional Northern Rhône Valley styled blend of Marsanne and Roussanne grapes made using the techniques that collaborateur François Villard uses for his Domaine wines in France.
The 2017 version of Cépages d’Or is 66% Marsanne/34% Roussanne picked separately and barrel fermented in 1 year old French oak barrels using exclusively indigenous yeasts. The 2017 version has revealed the brilliance of the Alder Springs Vineyard site with reverberating aromas of pear and apple backed up by a mineral/floral note. It remains bright and fresh. Drinkable now – it should shine for many years to come.
Future vintages of Cépages d’Or will include additional Rhône Valley grape varieties – Picpoul Blanc and Viognier as a small part of the blend. The goal remains to produce a wine that shows a kinship to the wines François produces in France with a distinctive California imprint.