Hello from Selene!
Itâ€™s been a cool spring and a slow start to summer, but summer has finally arrived in Napa and with that we know itâ€™s time to release of the 2008 Selene Sauvignon Blanc!
Just in time for the release, The Wine Spectator reviewed and scored the 2008 Selene Sauvignon Blanc 92 points!
The 2008 vintage was a season of extremes. California saw its second year of drought, causing dry soils to set the stage for an early budbreak. Then we had the worst frost season in probably 30 years. Although the Hyde Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc was not affected by the frost, uneven weather during bloom led to a very low crop, about 60% of normal. Summer was relatively cool but we did have a spike of heat at the end of August/beginning of September. Larry Hyde called around mid-August to say, â€œWe got some teenagers out here,â€ meaning of course that the Sauvignon Blanc was testing in the teens (in terms of sugar) and it was time to get out there and start sampling myself. It did end up coming in the last week of August, which is early but not as early as, say, 2004. The low yields led to extreme concentration of flavors with excellent acids. Hereâ€™s my tasting notes:
2008 Selene Sauvignon Blanc, Hyde Vineyards. Aromas have lots of concentrated fruit; white peach, nectarine, meyer lemon, asian pear, and honeydew melon, along with vanilla bean crÃ¨me brulee and sage honey. Flavors in the mouth have very good impact and intensity, mirroring the qualities found in the nose, with a fine acidity and a long, viscous finish. 1060 cases. ($27.00 per bottle)
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Finally, we have a small amount of the 2008 Selene RosÃ© Wine (Dead Fred Vineyard) for those of you that missed out on our previous offer. Remember we include shipping on orders of $100 or more!
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Mia Klein and Tracy Hall