Newfound 2019 'Yount Mill Vineyard' Semillon, Napa Valley, CA, USA
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Newfound 2019 'Yount Mill Vineyard' Semillon, Napa Valley, CA
Matt and Audra Naumann are wine industry veterans who were hungry to create a legacy for their family in the wine world. In 2016, they bought 40 acres of agricultural land in the Sierra Foothills, and promptly got to work on growing grapes and creating their own label, Newfound Wines. Their focus is on farming that honors the earth, producing wines that are distinct, but still rugged in presentation, enhancing the natural qualities of the varieties they work with.
- Winemaker: Matt and Audra Naumann
- Variety: Semillon
- Farming: Organic
- Terroir: Yount Mill Vineyard, a historic vineyard site in the Napa Valley. Just north of the town of Yountville, the 273-acre planting has been in the Pelissa/Hoxsey Family for four generations. It currently stands as the largest organically farmed vineyard in the Valley today, a practice that was adopted at the site in 1987. The Semillon is unique amongst the surrounding vines as it’s the last remaining block, planted by Andrew Hoxsey’s grandfather, Andrew Pelissa in 1962. It’s also the lone head-trained dry-farmed section of vineyard and planted on an alluvial mix of gravel and clay. Currently, the Semillon occupies just six acres in the overall planting.
- Vinification/Aging: Elévage lasted a total of thirteen months for the Semillon. The wine was aged in a mixture of stainless steel and cigar barrels and one concrete egg. Each vessel was then racked and assembled in the tank and sulfured for the first time. An additional three months were then spent in the tank and the wine was bottled in mid-November.