Hallmark aromas for a New World interpretation of the varietal sing from the glass: gooseberry, lemongrass and guava. By blending Clone 1 with the Musque clone, Hess achieves flavors with a more tropical tone, including key lime, grapefruit, and kiwi. The wine was fermented in stainless steel tanks and neutral, 5- to 6-year-old French oak barrels. It was not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation in order to retain its crisp acidity.
The bright acidity pairs well with salty and sweet combinations such as
prosciutto-wrapped grilled peaches, fresh basil and tomatoes, chopped raw vegetable salads and fresh goat cheese.