Volker Eisele Family Estate Gemini Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015, Blend Chiles Valley Napa USA
Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, one of fifteen grape growing appellations within the Napa Valley Viticultural Area. Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The valley's perfect cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity. The four hundred acre estate was originally part of the “Rancho Catacula” land grant, given to Joseph Bollinger Chiles in 1843 by the last Mexican governor of California. The Chiles family later sold a portion of their land to Francis Sievers, a German pioneer. In the 1870's, Sievers founded Lomita's Vineyard and Winery on the site. The original winery building, some of the tanks, and the original press constructed by Sievers still remain on the Estate. The oldest cabernet vines were planted by the Eiseles in 1975 and continue to yield fruit of superb quality. Over the past 35 years the Eiseles have enriched the vineyard soils through use of organic farming practices. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used. The vineyard is certified as organic by both the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. The Volker Eisele Gemini is a blend of 80% Semillon and 20% Sauvignon Blanc. The wine was barrel aged sur lie with 20% new French oak to enhance the aromatics and fullness of flavor that is evident in the finished wine. Fruit aromas of pineapple and mango are evident, yet subtle. The flavors are soft and round, with a palate texture reminiscent of custard. This is a singular and very special white wine from the Napa Valley.