Derek Beitler of Skyhook “happened upon” Sauvignon Blanc raisins in late 2013 and, with them, made this fantastic Late Harvest wine. No botrytis, or “noble rot,” a la Sauternes. Rather, the dried grapes hung on the vine clean and intense as they held their natural acidity. 25% Late Harvest Semillon co-fermented for added roundness, texture and exotic flavors (blending the two is very Sauternes-like).
So delicious! It’s honeyed, rich and luscious, all the while its natural acidity keeps the wine afloat on the palate. Smell and taste caramel, roasted peaches and pineapple, golden raisins, clover honey and a little bit of lemongrass. The wine sits in the mouth like pineapple upside down cake then goes down like a caramel-coated, crisp green apple. Acknowledged that dessert wines are not the most popular style in your parts, but the season for sweet wines is almost upon us. You will drink it, love it and probably wish you had more.
13.3% alcohol, 133 Grams/Liter Residual Sugar, slow, 30 day ferment in neutral oak barrels.
JDB Wines (Bodega Rancho and Skyhook are the two labels) are owned/and made by Derek Beitler. With the exception of the Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc, they are tiny lots of cool-climate single vineyard wines. They are consistently full of character and flavor that, I find, lovers of the savory (black olive, roast coffee, earthy spices) particularly enjoy.