TA: 5.7 g/l
Brix at harvest: 32
Harvest date: 12/10/2019
Aging treatment: 100% new american oak
“From my time in France I have long desired to create a botrytis, Sauternes style wine. They are difficult to create when you don’t own the vineyard, as it requires different treatment for sprays during the growing season if you truly want to create the Botrytis that is the signature of all Sauternes wines.
This is a process that must be seen to be believed and one that creates an astonishing result.
While this was harvested at the peak of maturity and heavily “infected” with noble rot, I personally prefer my dessert wines to accompany dessert… rather than being dessert in a glass… as such i make all my dessert wines with less residual sugar than typical. This creates a bit less competition with whatever fruit or cheese, or more decadent selection you have for dessert.
The aromas and balance are exquisitely close to a Sauternes wine, but it will not over power crisp fuji apple slices with Dubliner cheddar, and yes, it can still hold its own with a blue.”
Dane Stark, winemaker
Estrella means “star” and this wine shines bright on a dark night.
TA: 5.6 g/l
Brix at harvest: 23.8
Harvest date: 9/3/2020
Aging treatment: 100% stainless steel
“The Muscat grape is widely used for its characteristic monoterpene, fruity or grapey aroma. It is a delicious and intriguing but not too serious play on white wine, which lends itself to being chilled and creating a party around it. It is a varietal that we have put our own spin on, that is to ferment it totally dry, and the end result is magical.
Over the years I have sought after newness and freshness. Michael Curran was the lead on trying the Muscat grape, and I think I owe him a debt of gratitude…. This type of wine has been missing from our lineup.”
Dane Stark, winemaker
The Muscat (or as we lovingly call “#MuscatLuv”) brings a new and playful dimension to the Page Mill family of white wines. The Muscat grape has typical floral components not associated with Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, or even Sauvignon Blanc. Its ripe and generous aroma profile provide a very fruity flavor which is quite pleasing. We have created a dry version of this smart grape.
It should be served well chilled and will beg to be consumed by itself or with a host of pre-dinner nosh like goat cheese, dried apricots, harder cheeses, nuts and charcuterie. It is, additionally, not afraid to “go it alone”…. And can be just as easily served as a dessert wine, even though it is dry, the freshness on the palate and fruitiness on the nose might just be that perfect cap to a great meal.
TA: 6.0 g/l
Brix at harvest: 23.2-24.5
Harvest date: 8/31-9/21/2022
Aging: Fermented in stainless and oak, then consolidated into stainless for aging.
Bottled: March 2022
“The Chardonnay that comes from the San Francisco Bay appellation possesses a unique focus of character. While being in a warmer, mediterranean climate, the three vineyards which make up this Chardonnay are both located along the eastern edge of the SF Bay. The sloping, rolling hills of the Kalthoff common creates a microclimate ideal for drainage and retaining the cool air that prolongs the growing season. The Sblendorio Vineyard which is south along Mines Rd adds terroir to the style. Additionally, the Lamorinda appellation just north of Livermore Valley has a strong delta influence keeping the vineyard a very cool region 3.
I was a non-believer of Chardonnay from this appellation when I arrived here in 2004. Today, I will put this wine against any Chard on the shelf at the price point. The appellation is under-valued. It is one of the more exciting wines that I work with.”
Dane Stark, winemaker
The combined fermentation process of this Chardonnay, some in stainless and some in barrels, adds complexity to this generous wine.
It has a lovely, medium golden straw color.
It has opening notes of butter, yeast, apricot and honey suckle with a bit of almond and vanilla on the nose. A very generous and pleasing bouquet, presages a delicious wine.
The palate entry is of floral components with spice, honey, ripe fruit in the California style and a rich, pleasing mid palate. The acidity is tempered making this an excellent food wine but one that drinks all by itself just fine! There is a lingering butter in the finish with ripe fruit and floral notes and a rich finish.