The nose is generous with citrus aromas of lemon zest, lime, bitter lemon, and sweet orange blossom with a scent of honeydew melon. Orchard and stone fruit of ripe yellow apple, pear, and juicy peach follow tropical fruits of pineapple and lychee.
Secondary aromas of vanilla wafer, clove, and sweet cream are the result of some new French oak barrel aging, secondary fermentation, and lees stirring.
The wine was fermented in French oak barrels. Half of the four barrels were new, contributing notes of clove and baking spice from the caramelized wood sugars.
There is a creamy texture to this wine, a result of the wine resting on the lees.
Farmed by direct descendants of naturalist and conservationist John Muir, the Muir-Hanna Vineyard is a model of sustainability. The vineyard is Napa Green FFF (Fish Friendly Farming) certified to protect the area waterways and runoffs for the benefit of Coho salmon and steelhead of Northern California, both on the federal Endangered Species List. This attention to fish ecology has immense benefits to the soil and plant health of this vineyard.