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2013 Vinferno (375 ml)
Wine Specs
Vintage
2013
Varietal
100% grenache blanc
Appellation
Arroyo Seco
Vineyard Designation
Beeswax
Sugar
15%
Acid
9.4 g/L
pH
3.54
Bottling Date
2/10/2014
Residual Sugar
14.6%
Alcohol %
11.2

2013 Vinferno (375 ml)

This wickedly great cuvée will transport you to a realm beyond your wildest imaginings.

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SKU: VNF13B

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes

Like patient cargo cultists, we patiently await the arrival of botrytis in the Beeswax Vineyard. And wait and wait and wait. (And still no botrytis.) 2012 and 2013 were, as we well know, very dry years, and the only positive result of this was that the ’13 vintage was exceptionally advanced in maturity, allowing us to leave the fruit on the vine well into early November without untoward result. Ergo, this wine may well be thought of as a classical “late harvest.” Coconut, papaya, pineapple, pear and quince paste (yes!) in the nose and maybe a suggestion of dried fruit (dried peaches?). There is a wonderful toastiness to the nose, maybe the caramelized sugar of a of crème brulée? On the palate, the wine is sweet, of course, but extremely well balanced with acidity and just a hint of astringency which prevents it from cloying. Very, very long, clean finish. This is possibly the most perfect wine you could imagine with a cheese course.

Vineyard Notes

2013 brought an incredible opportunity for a truly late harvest wine to be produced from Beeswax Vineyard in Arroyo Seco. Typically this vineyard’s fruit is harvested nearly into November, but in 2013, it was harvested for our Cigare Blanc in the first week of October. This allowed us to leave a portion of the Grenache Blanc in the vineyard for another 5 weeks to naturally dry and concentrate sugar and flavor on the vine. We hand picked the fruit and gently pressed whole cluster at the winery. The resulting juice was 31.8 brix and was slowly cold fermented in 100% stainless steel.

Production Notes
987 cases
Winemaker Notes
Hell-o! We were just minding our Beeswax when it became clear we could contrive to produce a decadent single vineyard dessert wine from the air-dried grapes of the noble white cépage, grenache blanc. Vinferno is er, darned rich, fragrant and honeyed—nary a trace of brimstone—with non-trivial lashings of quince and Asian pear and a finish that seems to last an eternity.
Food Pairing Notes

Fruit or nut based-desserts.

Other Notes
Serving Temperature: 45ºF Optimal Drinkability: Drinkable upon release (Mar. 2014), 4-8 years ageability Pronunciation: vin-fair-no Label Artist: Alex Gross
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