Here is the newest vintage of one of the best Whites coming from Napa Valley. It is comprised of all Italian varietals – Fiano, Ribolla Gialla, Arneis and Greco. They have a 1.5-acre block devoted to these varietals just in front of their Pritchard Hill winery on Long Ranch Road. Like in the previous vintage, this 2020 was fermented in different vessels to accentuate each varietal. A terracotta amphora brought out the flinty, mineral quality of the Ribolla Gialla. Stainless steel barrels focused the Fiano’s bright citrus character, while neutral oak barrels rounded the texture and finish of the Greco and Arneis. Blending achieved a beautifully aromatic and serious wine. It offers intricate aromas, lively flavors, and silky texture. Lime blossom and tropical aromas and followed by bright floral and citrus notes on the palate. A long lively finish adds to the wine’s refined layers and beauty. 347 cases were produced.
Philippe Melka has been overseeing this wine project from the beginning and their daytime winemaker Matt Johnson, previously of Dana Estates, is hitting his stride making the best vintages of BRAND yet.