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Smith Story Lakota's View Semillon 2016

Semillon from Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
    12.5% ABV
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    12.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    The 2016 Sémillon from our tiny block on Sonoma Mountain is full of power this year. Fresh summer peach and lime on the nose along with cool mineral notes. Layers of wound up texture which develop in the glass with air. Bright and energetic on the palate showing flavours of chilled stone fruits, pear and young spring herbs. The finish is juicy with lingering length. Our 3rd release of Sémillon from this very special place. 3 barrels made. This is such a sentimental wine for Smith Story Wine Cellars. As we drove onto this vineyard for the first time chills ran down our arms and our memories were filled with "Lakota's View". The view directly east from the S?émillon rows looks to a beautiful three-story French Farmhouse nestled high above the valley on Bennett Ridge. This Farmhouse just happens to be owned by our dear friends Bob and Kathy. In May of 2004 Eric's beloved Golden Retriever, Lakota, spent his last days at the Bellino home, soaking in the golden sunshine and breathtaking views from their wrap-around porch - the porch that faces directly towards the top of Sonoma Mountain and the Alta Ridge Vineyard. Lakota was an exceptionally beautiful golden retriever who was Eric's loyal companion for many years and took part in many adventures. The Lakota's View S?émillon has big paws to fill and we couldn't be more pleased with this gorgeous wine proudly honoring and celebrating Lakota's life. Picked at 21 Brix and busting with vibrant, natural acidity. With the high elevation and cool breeze, the S?émillon had a nice long time to develop deep and complex flavors while hanging on the vine atop of the Alta Ridge Vineyard (same vineyard which we picked Sauvignon Blanc).

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    Smith Story Wine Cellars, Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Smith Story Wine Cellars crafts wines that are made with respect for the land, kindness for the grower, and love from the winemaker. Each vineyard Smith Story works with is family-owned as a central tenet; the founders believe firmly that the integrity of the vines can only be ensured by grape growers who safeguard the land for the next generation. The resulting wines have heart and soul. They show restraint, balance and the integrity of the grape. Eric and Ali's winemaking philosophy is to utilize classic, old world techniques and let the grapes - and sense of place where they are grown - speak for themselves.

     In 2013, Eric Story and Ali Smith Story co-founded Russian River Valley-based Smith Story Wine Cellars out of a desire to make the kind of wine that “wine people” drink. Both came from wine industry backgrounds, and their palates remain well attuned to both the sublime and the delicious – at every price. They dreamed of starting a wine project that could produce wines that were both attractive and approachable…but that wouldn’t require a savant to enjoy them.

    Working on a wine-industry budget, the duo tapped into the support of their extensive networks, successfully launching Smith Story Wine Cellars on Kickstarter in 2014. 3 Their campaign was called “Farmers First,” and the very first American winery to be crowdfunded was born. Today the winery produces over 4,000 cases annually and has been called “one of California’s top emerging wineries.” The wines begin with the land, places that are special to Eric and Ali in Northern California, from twelve family owned vineyards throughout Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Coast, Russian River Valley, Knights Valley, Pine Mountain, Anderson Valley and the Rheingau region of Germany. As the vineyard program grows, so will their story. 

    Sonoma Mountain

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    Defined more by altitude than geographical outline, the Sonoma Mountain appellation occupies elevations between 400 and 1,200 feet on the northern and eastern slopes of the actual Sonoma Mountain and is part of the greater Sonoma Valley appellation. The mountain reaches 2,400 feet, its hills separating the cooling winds of Petaluma Gap from the Sonoma Valley.

    On a cooler western flank, Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Syrah enjoy a great deal of success. Vineyards on its warmer, eastern side, interspersed with heavily forested areas, tend to include Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, and Syrah. Given its complexity of topography and mesoclimates, Sonoma Mountain excels with a wide range of grape varieties.

    Semillon

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    An unassuming but noble variety capable of wines with considerable structure, depth and length, Sémillon is an uncompromising white variety with the power to create wines that improve for several decades. It is the perfect partner to the aromatic and vivid Sauvignon Blanc; the two are most commonly found blended in their home region of Bordeaux. Sémillon especially shines in Sauternes, one of the world’s greatest sweet wines, with highly concentrated flavors of honey and dried apricots. While Sémillon is not the most fashionable grape in the rest of the wine world, it enjoys great success in Australia's Hunter Valley, where it can produce elegant, complex dry wines with aging potential.

    In the Glass

    Sémillon is most notable for its smooth texture and significant palate weight. In youthful dry wines, it expresses subtle aromas of lemon, green apple, pear and stone fruit. Aged or sweet Sémillon wines show more complex characters of lanolin, beeswax, honeysuckle, ginger, saffron, vanilla or toast.

    Perfect Pairings

    Thanks to its moderate acidity, this fairly full-bodied wine can stand up to pretty boldly flavored food. Think lightly spiced Asian or Indian white meat or fish dishes, or anything with cinnamon, clove, or star anise. It’s also great with autumnal vegetables like kabocha squash, yam or potato. Botrytised Sémillon, as in Sauternes, is a perfectly decadent pairing with foie gras.

    Sommelier Secret

    Sémillon was once the most common variety in South Africa—so common, in fact, that in 1822, when 93% of the country’s vineyard area was planted with it, it was simply referred to as Wyndruif, or “wine grape.”

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