Hello & Happy Spring from Selene!
The past winter’s rain has brought us out of the drought, the daylight is becoming noticeably longer, and the vines are beginning to awaken from their dormancy. Much to look forward to this season. 2017 marks Mia’s 35th harvest in Napa Valley and her 27th harvest for Selene. She says time flies when you’re having fun.
Speaking of fun, we have two new releases for you from the 2014 vintage, but before we get to the wines, a little something about the growing season. Though it was a drought year, we had some very well-timed moisture in early spring which was spot on for the start of the growing season. Good starts often lead to good finishes, and aside from the literal shakeup of the earthquake that hit Napa on August 24th, maturity and ripeness were excellent.
On to the wines, first up, our 23rd vintage of Sauvignon Blanc from Hyde Vineyards.
2014 Selene Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyards (100% Sauvignon Blanc Musque selection , 592 cases $18/bottle)
Mia’s tasting notes: Lemon curd, lightly caramelized meringue, and even a slight a hint of shortcrust pastry a la lemon meringue pie; beeswax, pear eau de vie, honeysuckle, and a slight star anise. Savory and mouthwatering, showing a little mineral character, finishing with long flavors that echo the aromatics.
Next, the Chesler is BACK!! Mia found a new block of Cabernet Franc at Frediani Vineyard that she secured for the 2014 vintage of Chesler and it’s beautiful. It’s been hard to keep her hands off of it.
2014 Chesler Cabernet Franc Napa Valley (78% Cabernet Franc, 22% Merlot, 267 cases $50/bottle)
Mia’s tasting notes: Raspberry, dark chocolate, exotic spice, city roast coffee bean, sweet pipe tobacco, toasted vanilla, buttery cinnamon toast. High-tone and dark, deep flavors marry nicely for a wonderful, mouth-watering feel with a super long finish.
Finally, we still have some 2013 Merlot, which is pop and pour yummy, and some Library Merlot you’ll find for sale on the website along with some Library Chesler.
2013 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard (100% Merlot, 424 cases $35.00/bottle)
Mia’s tasting notes: I haven’t doted over a Merlot like this since the 2008. A winemaker’s pet, if you will. Blackberry syrup, Black Forest cake, complete with dark chocolate, black cherries, and cream; also some caramel/molasses and buttery cinnamon toast. In the mouth there is very good impact and intensity; the wine is even-tempered, with balanced tannins and acid, and finishing with fine texture and length.
Remember the 10% discount on 1 mixed case, and 20% discount on 2 mixed cases. Plus, 3-day Air shipping is included on all orders over $200. We will hold your order for you, (not charge your credit card) until we ship.
We can accept your orders on the BUY page of the website: www.selenewines.com, or print out the Order Form from the BUY page and mail it to us, or give us a call (707) 258-8119.
Mia Klein and Tracy Hall