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The White Doe 2013

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Gold 92 Points - 2017 Winemaker's Challenge

Light and crisp with balanced fruit and floral notes 

Retail: $21.00
Member Price $16.80
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To pay tribute to the legend of The White Doe, we created an alluring white wine with a delicate, ethereal spirit. Envisioned as a blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier, this wine is light and refreshing, beckoning you to have a second glass. Chenin Blanc provides a core of fruit and bright natural acidity to create a crisp, clean finish. A portion of this varietal was grown in Clarksburg, an area renowned for nurturing California’s best Chenin Blanc, where warm daytime temperatures give way to evenings chilled by the cool Delta breezes. Our Viognier adds silky weight to the palate along with classic white peach flavors and a beautifully lifted perfume. As we looked at white blends, this Chenin Blanc–Viognier combination stood out as bestowing both elegance and purity.

2013 was an excellent vintage across California, making it the ideal year for the debut of The White Doe at our winery in Geyserville, California, Virginia Dare. There was very little rain that year and temperatures never got excessively warm for any period of time. Plus, we got extra hangtime out of the season, harvesting a week and a half later than usual. These conditions allowed the fruit to ripen steadily and develop concentrated, aromatic flavors and excellent body.

Chenin Blanc and Viognier together create a harmonious marriage of flavors and textures, with Chenin delivering juicy flavors of white grapes, honeydew melon and bright, fresh citrus character, then layered upon Viognier’s classic white peach flavors, exquisite floral notes and its nuance of tropical fruit. There is silkiness and weight on the palate from the Viognier, but the finish is light and crisp from this beautiful selection of Chenin Blanc. Fermenting and finishing in stainless steel allowed the purity of the fruit to shine through.

Blend:  80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Viognier

Alcohol:  12.6%

Barrel Regimen:  Stainless steel only

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