Hello from Selene!
This is a special release for us. It was the 1992 vintage that Mia first harvested Sauvignon Blanc from Hyde Vineyards for her debut Sauvignon Blanc. Now 20 vintages later, we celebrate with the release of the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc, which The San Francisco Chronicle recommended as one of their Napa Sauvignon Blancs this year!
2011 Selene Sauvignon Blanc Hyde Vineyards (100% Sauvignon Blanc, 792 cases $28.00/bottle)
Wow, this is the 20th vintage of Selene Sauvignon Blanc from Hyde Vineyards! Needless to say time goes by fast and it seems like just yesterday, but that’s another story. We had a good amount of rainfall in the late winter along with a tad over 2 inches in both May and June. Add an unusually comfortable summer for humans; a little cooler than the grapevines like. It all adds up to the second year in a row that we pick in October. In general the more extended the season is for Sauvignon Blanc, the better, given no sugar spikes from hot weather and no rain during harvest, which was certainly the case with this 2011.
Mia’s tasting notes: Intense and distinctive, aromatics include pineapple, green mango, guava, white nectarine, honeydew melon, lemon curd, orange liquor, white pepper, sandalwood, rose water, and beeswax. Savory and mouthwatering, with a concentrated, long finish.
2010 Selene Merlot Frediani Vineyard (100% Merlot, 300 cases $35.00/bottle)
2010 was a cool, late starting vintage. Picture this: winemakers with nothing to do in September (besides those who make sparkling wine of course). As we are a nervous bunch, we winemakers know it’s not a simple waiting game either. The days keep getting shorter and the probability of rain gets bigger as the vintage goes on. A good measure of patience plus a large pinch of proactivity was in order. That, along with good luck, produced a particularly complex wine. Aged for 18 months in 40% new French barrels.
Mia’s tasting notes: Toasted vanilla pods, molasses and caramel, floral jasmine, red raspberry, black pepper, anise, tar, cocoa butter, chocolate, roasted coffee beans, plum and blueberry. Aromatics are nicely mirrored in the mouth with very good concentration and length; texture is smooth yet weighty with a structured tannin profile.
In other news, for those of you that happen to have the 2002 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon (the first vintage of Cabernet from Selene), we are happy to report that it received 92 points in the Wine Spectator 2002 Retrospective Tasting this May. If you are looking to buy an older vintage of Cabernet that drinks well now, but still has time, we recommend trying the 2005 Selene Cabernet Sauvignon we have available on the website under Library Wines.
And finally, in case you missed them, we still have our specials:
3 bottle Vertical of Dead Fred Cabernet.
Here’s what you get for $120.00 (shipping included!) – 1 bottle each of the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Selene Dead Fred Cabernet.
4 Bottle Vertical of Chesler1 bottle of 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Chesler for $150.00 (shipping included)
6 Bottle Vertical of Chesler –
1 bottle of 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 Chesler for $225.00 (shipping included)
Remember the 10% discount on 1 mixed case, and 20% discount on 2 mixed cases, including the Vertical Specials. Plus, 2-day Air shipping is included on all orders over $100. 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 fax or mail it to us, or give us a call (707) 258-8119.
Mia Klein and Tracy Hall