Little Frances, Sémillon Luchsinger Vineyard 2015
From the importer-
Erin Pooley was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. Before relocating to California she graduated from Charles Sturt University with a degree in Applied Wine Science. Erin has been making wine worldwide since 2007.
Enamored with the nuance and intrigue of white wine with bottle age, Erin started her wine company in 2012 with Semillon from the Luchsinger Vineyard in Lake County, California.
From the outset, Erin has subscribed to the philosophy of aging Semillon before release. These dry white wines develop a savoury complexity and depth fascinating to experience over years of cellaring.
Soils in the vineyards consist of alluvial rocky loam with some clay. Whole bunch pressed to tank. Zero SO2, juice allowed to oxidize pre-fermentation. Chilled for 24 hours and racked off gross lees to tank for fermentation. Tank set to around 67F and allowed to ferment at its own pace (native). Generally complete within a week and malolactic is also allowed to proceed naturally. Racked off fermentation lees to neutral oak, stainless steel and tank for the completion of malolactic. Wine is sulfured at 50ppm when complete, lightly filtered (pads) before bottling in March 2016 (5 months elevage). Wine adjusted to 20ppm FSO2 pre bottling. 280 cases produced.
The 2015 Little Frances Semillon is a golden straw color with an aromatic profile of bright lemongrass and dried hay. On the palate, a hint of an early yellow peach gives way to a persistent and complex lemon citrus finish