This new release is a blend of both 2008 and 2009 vintages (50/50 muscat and viognier). Captivating aromas of ripe honeydew melon, wildflowers and freshly made honey lead to a clean palate of sweet apricots. Overall it is a rich and layered wine with a lasting peach finish. Deserving to stand on its own merits or served along side a fruit cobbler. Best served slightly chilled.
Adelaida Cellar's Bobcat Crossing Vineyard lies 2,000 feet in elevation and 14 miles east of the Pacific Ocean. The vineyard, which is located along the entrance to the winery, was given it's name because of the resident bobcats who have been seen walking across this portion of the property. The vineyard is planted with Portuguese varietals as well as Muscat Frontignan.
Traditional ice wines are made from grapes that have been frozen on the vine for a minimum of five days. Because of our California climate, this is an impossible task. We chose a creative route and utilized the "Méthode d Cyrogenic" (freezing the grapes at an extremely low temperature). The grapes are harvested and pressed upon arrival; the juice is then stored in our "ice box" and kept frozen for several days. Every week the frozen juice is drained, separating the frozen water from the still frozen juice, concentrating from 26° to 36° Brix. The wine is given time to return to room temperature, allowing for the onset of its primary fermentation, and aged for 18 months in stainless steel barrels before being released.