2017 Duet Dry Creek Valley
Duet is a California version of a Graves style Bordeaux Blanc, a blend of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. Philip first made this wine in the middle 1980s when it quickly developed a cult following, and it continues to do so today. The heart and soul of the wine are the two wonderful vineyards from which it is sourced: Richard Rued's small Semillon vineyards in Dry Creek, and Kent Richie's Poplar Vineyard on the Russian River.  Contracts for both vineyards had remained with Philip's previous winery when he left, but he told both growers that if their grapes ever became available, he dearly wanted to work with them again. They did, and Duet was reborn Flowers in the vineyards

Varietal: 50% Semillon / 50% Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard: Sauvignon Blanc from the Standley Dry Creek Valley
Vineyard, Semillon from the Rued Dry Creek Valley Vineyard

Date picked: 9/30/17
Brix at Harvest: Semillon 24.3 , Sauvignon Blanc 23.8
Age of Vines: Rued 49th / Poplar 32nd leaf

Fermentation Mode: Fermented in both stainless steel tank and seasoned French and American oak barrels

Yeast: EC1118
Length of Fermentation: 24 days
Fermentation Temperature: 52 degrees F
Aging: Aged for seven months in French and American oak barrels
Malolactic Fermentation no
Sur lees partial
Alcohol: 14.6% pH: 3.34 TA: .67 RS: Dry
Cases Produced: 75
Cellar Lifespan: 3 - 5 years

Winemaker Notes:
Bright straw color.

The wine has a full and complex nose and flavors; peaches and ripe figs from the Semillon, and grassiness, melon and a mineral component from the Sauvignon Blanc.

This is a California version of a French Graves. An ideal match for raw oysters or any seafood.

P.O. Box 1657 Healdsburg, CA 95448 Telephone 707.486.0746 Email:pstaley@staleywines.com

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