Saturday, January 2, 2016

Yorkville Cellars Yorkville Highlands Semillon Randle Hill Vineyard, 2009

Yorkville Cellars is located on Highway 128, near the entry to the Anderson Valley. Apparently, this area falls in the Yorkville Highlands rather than the Anderson Valley appellation, and the winery focuses on Bordeaux varietals--Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. For those who get on the mailing list, Yorkville offers a half-off special early each December to celebrate Repeal Prohibition Day. For $150 to $200, including shipping, you can put together a good mixed case of wines that I have found fairly ageworthy. I am partial to the Cab Franc and Petit Verdot, as well as the Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The wines come from organically grown grapes and are very good.

With a few years in the bottle, this Semillon is shining. Medium deep gold, bright and clear. Figgy, grassy smells and flavors. Good body and rich, spicy after taste. Reminds me of a very good Australian Semillon. This was purchased for $10 on close out at Sawall's Health Food store; wish I had more.

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