Maldonado Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery - located in the far northern reaches of the Napa Valley. Most of us spend more of our time in the Southern part of the Napa Valley - based on numbers as this is where most of the producers are located. There are really very few physical wineries in and around Calistoga.
The fruit for this Sauternes-style blend of 50/50 Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc was picked in late November and Botrytis was naturally allowed to form on the grapes before they were harvested. This is a beautiful expression of this type of wine. The nose has sweet aromatics yet is elegant at the same time; it has notes of orange peel, kumquat, and pineapple. The palate is rounded and silky smooth with highlights of apricot and honey. We are always sensitive to the coarseness of oak that you often find in these types of wines on the finish; it is refreshingly absent in this wine.