Scribe Winery, "Ode to Emil" No. XIII Sylvaner 2022, Sonoma, Sonoma Valley, CA
An ode to the man who first brought Sylvaner to California in the 1850s, this one’s rich with white flowers, citrus, and honey, with a vein of minerality running through it.
APPELLATION (AVA): Sonoma Valley
SUBREGION: Arrowhead Mountain
VINEYARD: Scribe Estate
GRAPES: 100% Sylvaner
SOIL: Huichica loam, volcanic tuff
PRACTICE: Practicing organic, sustainable
VINIFICATION: Three-week cold-temperature fermentation in a combination of stainless steel tanks and concrete eggs, no malolactic fermentation. Aged 5 months in concrete and stainless-steel tanks prior to bottling.
COLOR: Pale yellow
BODY: Medium bodied
PRIMARY AROMAS: Lemon, cucumber, beeswax, magnolia, white peach
FLAVOR: Waxy texture, rich, mineral, honey, floral, lemon
FORMAT: 750 ml
SERVICE AND FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTION: Serve chilled. Pair with summer salad with peaches, goat cheese, and a honey mustard dressing.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER: Scribe Winery
“The winery–founded in 2007 on a property that pioneered pre-prohibition Sonoma Valley winemaking–is managed by fourth-generation California farmers and brothers, Andrew and Adam Mariani.
“Andrew and Adam believe that the best wines are a result of a healthy relationship between man and nature, and that a vineyard managed in harmony with the greater ecosystem results in more site-specific wines that represent a sense of time and place. When vinified with non-interventionist methods, the result is a distinct wine that faithfully reflects what the vineyard naturally expresses.” (scribewinery.com)
ABOUT THE VINEYARD: The land where Scribe Winery is situated used to be the Dresil Wine Co., a pre-prohibition winery.
ABOUT THE LABEL: The label depicts Emil Desil, who brought cuttings of Sylvaner from his family’s vineyard in Germany to Sonoma. He planted them on the slopes that is now Scribe Winery. The original vineyard is gone, but Scribe planted an acre of Sylvvaner on the farm and named it in honor of him.