Hello from Selene!
Everyone has been asking… and here it is! The release of the 2007 Selene Sauvignon Blanc and the 2006 Selene Merlot!
In 2007 all of Selene’s Sauvignon Blanc at Hyde was picked within five days beginning on the last day of August. It came quick, but it came really good. Here are my notes:
2007 Selene Sauvignon Blanc, Hyde Vineyards
Aromas begin with peach cobbler, crème brulee, pineapple, and vanilla bean, and move into kiwi, lemon curd, orange liquor, and a light cinnamon toast, complete with butter. It’s a rich one for sure with excellent viscosity and length as well as very good intensity and initial impact in the mouth.
1400 cases. ($27.00 per bottle)
In 2006 Selene picked up a second block of Merlot from Frediani Vineyard in Calistoga on the Silverado Trail near Pickett Road. While our original block is planted to clone 181 on St. George rootstock, the second block is planted to a selection of Merlot from Jordan grafted on St. George. This block is very well-established, having been planted without irrigation in the 1970’s and dry-farmed ever since. Its low-yielding vines bring tremendous depth, concentration, and texture to the wine. Here are my tasting notes:
2006 Selene Merlot, Frediani Vineyard
Violets, raspberry jam, dark chocolate, fresh coffee berry, vanilla, brown sugar, and a hint of earth and bay laurel on the nose. In the mouth the flavors have very good impact, intensity, and length; the texture has some chewy density to carry the flavors from initial impact through the finish.
627 cases. ($40.00 per bottle)
1996 Selene Merlot, Napa Valley in Magnum
I remember the great September we got in Napa Valley in 1996. We had some good heat spells during the summer, but September made the vintage exceptional. The ’96 Selene Merlot is 100% Merlot from Madrona Ranch in St. Helena. We’ve been enjoying both the 750-ml bottles and the magnums over the past three years at various events, tastings, and winemaker dinners. The wine always steals the show, no matter what we taste it with. It’s time to share the last bit with our good customers.
At a recent tasting, I scribbled down these notes: Vanilla, juniper berry, cedar, raspberry jam, brown sugar, cocoa, sandalwood, black currant, and the slightly spicy aromas of a red heirloom rose; the impact and intensity in the mouth are very good, with the taste and richness of Black Forest cake, excellent length, and a slight smokiness to the finish. (1.5L magnums $120.00) Very Limited Library.
Good news! In appreciation of your support, we are now providing “shipping included” pricing on all orders over $100.00.
Plus, we are happy to report we now have distribution in Oregon, Indiana and Nebraska (we hope to be adding Kansas and Missouri very soon) so everyone will be able to find Selene at their favorite restaurant and local wine shop in all five of these new states!
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