One Year French oak, Concrete Egg, and New 300L French oak
Tons of lemon curd, with hints of peaches and dried apricots coming up in the background.
95 Pts Robert M. Parker, Jr., The Wine Advocate Jeb Dunnuck
"Readers who love Rhone whites need to grab a few bottles of the 2014 The First Date, which reminds me of a great vintage of Beaucastel's Chateauneuf du Pape Blanc! Made from 52% Roussanne, 46% Grenache Blanc and 2% Viognier, its light gold color is followed by awesome notes of buttered citrus, white flowers, peach and crushed rock-like minerality. Pure, full-bodied, beautifully textured and layered, it has a core of sweet fruit, integrated acidity and a great finish. It's a blockbuster white readers shouldn't miss."
The Roussanne is sourced from Alta Colina Vineyard in Paso Robles, the Grenache Blanc from Santa Ynez Camp 4, and the Viognier from the prized Stagecoach Vineyard in the Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley.
The Roussanne is 100% barrel fermented and aged in 1 year old French oak barrels-228 and 300 liters. The Grenache Blanc is fermented and aged in our concrete egg which retains the minerality of the fruit, and the Viognier is fermented and aged in 30% New French oak 300L barrels.
The goal of The First Date is to be more St. Joseph in style. Grenache Blanc produces a more fruit and mineral driven wine. The richness of the Roussanne comes up second and the Viognier intertwines throughout the wine.