Rich but subtle, this medium-bodied wine is not overtly fruity or oaky, but blends complex nuances in an attractive and compelling way. The term “battonage” refers to stirring the lees while the wine ages in barrels or tanks, which can enhance the creamy texture. It smells like vanilla and nutmeg, and tastes creamy and buttery backed by ripe apple and a touch of lemon. It feels rich in texture, elegant rather than bold.
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Jim Gordon has been covering the wine industry as an editor and reporter for more than 30 years. In 2006 he became editor of Wines & Vines
, the media company for North American winemakers and grape growers. He directs the editorial content of Wines & Vines
in the monthly print magazine, digital and social media. Gordon is also a contributing editor for Wine Enthusiast
magazine and past director of the annual Symposium for Professional Wine Writers at Meadowood Napa Valley. He was editor in chief for two books by publisher Dorling Kindersley of London: Opus Vino
, and 1000 Great Everyday Wines
. Gordon was managing editor of Wine Spectator
for 12 years, and editor in chief of Wine Country Living
magazine for four, during which time he helped create Wine Country Living TV for NBC station KNTV in San Jose. He lives in Napa, California. Email: email@example.com.