The 1993 Semillon was produced from grapes grown on the Russian River in Ben Herrick's vineyard. Unlike many Semillon vineyards, this was trained to a wide quadrilateral cordon, allowing perfect sun exposure for the development of the many subtle nuances which Semillon can attain.
Like many of our white wines, the emphasis in this wine is on balance. Fine fruit qualities reminiscent of fig, peach and citrus combine with rich oak overtones in the nose. Full body, a slight astringency and fine acids unite with the aromas, and a long finish completes the complex presentation. Even more than our Sauvignon Blanc, this is an extremely versatile wine, complementing all types of seafood, fowl and white meats.
The GAN EDEN 1993 Semillon is produced from 100% Semillon grapes, harvested at an average ripeness of 23.5° brix. It was fully barrel fermented in new French Oak, and remained in barrels, on lees through April of 1994, fully 5 months. The wine then was fined for heat stability, cold stabilized and finally minimaly filtered and was bottled in July, 1994. Only 800 cases were produced. This wine won an incredible 20 medals, and was a standout winner in the International Wine Center's "Beyond Chardonnay" competition. It received an 83 in the Wine Spectator, having been praised for its balance.
GAN EDEN was established in the spring of 1995 in the Green Valley viticultural district of Sonoma County. This was our first attempt to produce a 100% Semillon wine. Unfortunately, due to poor sales, Semillon is scheduled to be dropped from our line when this sells out.
The rich, round mouthfeel, complex fruit and definite acidity make this an enjoyable wine now, while it definitely will improve with bottle age. A highly versatile wine, this Semillon is as enjoyable with salmon as it is with halibut. It will complement a grilled chicken, or one with a complex sauce. Clearly, this wine deserves a place in any cellar.
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