THE 2018 ILLUMINATION is a complex, sophisticated and vibrant wine. Floral aromas of honeysuckle, jasmine and white rose complement the notes of white peach, Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and kiwi. In the mouth, a beautiful tension and fine acidity provides brightness to its creamy texture and flavors of juicy mandarin, guava and wet stones. A blend of Sauvignon Musque, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this wine is exceptionally well balanced in intensity with a distinctive creamy, yet mineral texture. Tension and minerality prevail through the long and elegant finish.
56% Sauvignon Musque, 34% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Semillon
61% Napa County, 39% Sonoma County
The grapes were hand-picked and gently whole-cluster pressed, and the juice was fermented with mostly native yeast in a variety of vessels. French oak barrels (6% new; 63% neutral) bring a depth to the body and a hint of oak spice, while Acacia barrels (4% new) add a complex floral spice on the nose. Egg-shaped concrete fermenters (14%) add richness to the palate while retaining fresh aromas, and stainless-steel barrels (13%) maintain the purity of the fruit. Semillon adds a round mouth-feel to complement the vibrant and tangy Sauvignon Blanc. Lees stirring enhances weight and complexity.