Between 2000-2010 we farmed a few acres of vines, which were leased to us by Renaissance Vineyards, a local winery where I made wine for over 15 years. These vineyards originally covered 365 acres of steeply sloping contoured terraces, creating a breath-taking panorama, and offering an incredible range of soil and microclimate combinations, plus 700 ft. of elevation drop from the top to the bottom of the vineyard and all possible exposures… It was possible to successfully farm there, nearly side by side, an astonishing spectrum of grape varieties, traditionally associated with entirely different growing regions. This was the origin of a number of our wines: Carte Blanche, Tickled Pink, Heart of Stone, Cuveé Mysterieuse, and Black Pearl.
In 2008, we experienced one of the worst spring-frost years in our history; we lost a large proportion of our grapes and had to supplement our own production with fruit we purchased elsewhere. In regards to the Carte Blanche, we lost nearly all of our Chardonnay and Viognier, and made up for it with Semillon and Roussanne we bought from Renaissance. The resulting wine is subtly different in its overall balance and aromatic character from our other vintages, with more concentration in the mid-palate and breadth of flavor than usual. Blend: Sauvignon Blanc 50%, Rousanne 22%, Semillon 19%, Viognier 5%, Chardonnay 4%.
Limit per order: 3 bottles.