Wine Data Sheet
This wine is a special blend and bottling to honor the life of Haley Margaret Dowdell (October 22, 1986 - August 28, 2012) and to help raise awareness and funding for others who battle Cystic Fibrosis.
We set out to make wine that is as light, bright, approachable yet full of character as Haley and accomplished this by creating a unique blend of Pinot Gris, Roussanne, and Viogner. The Pinot Gris contributes citrus notes to the nose along with bright acidity to the palate, while the Roussanne provides the roundness. A touch of Viogner was added to lift the nose and increase the stone-fruit aromatics and add in subtle floral notes.
We also wanted to create a special and unique package for this wine. The label represents Haley with her name and images of her favorite activities (knitting, reading, cooking, and hockey) set among the sixty-five roses which wrap around the bottle.
A portion of the proceeds gets donated to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation - an organization which helps fund efforts to cure and control the disease and improve the quality of life of those affected by it. Every year since 2012, Cairdean Estate has also participated in the North Bay Chapter's annual Breath of Life Gala, by providing wine and both silent and live auction lots. To learn more about the foundation, or to make a donation directly, please visit their website http://cff.org
In the glass, this white wine sparkles with layered shades of brilliant golden straw. On the nose, this wine is redolent of stone fruit specifically freshly picked peaches and apricots, with hints of lime and grapefruit and slight floral notes. This unoaked wine enters light on the palate, shows balanced acidity and finishes round and silky smooth, making it the perfect companion to complement any meal.
Gold Medal ~ San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition 2015
By all accounts, 2012 was just about as perfect a year as any winemaker could hope for. The only argument to that would probably be that there was not enough rain to keep us from calling it a drought year. The winter was mild and with only a few early spring frost days and no real threats. The summer was mild to warm with no real high heat events, just warm days and cool nights. Just perfect for growing premium wine grapes! Some vineyards had record setting crop levels, and many vineyard managers had to work harder to keep crop levels down.
43% Roussanne, 43% Pinot Gris, 14% Viogner
Our proprietary white wine is primarily a blend of Pinot Gris and Roussanne. Perhaps an unusual blend for Napa Valley, it was clear to us that these two lots were meant to be blended together after tasting them apart. The Pinot Gris contributes citrus notes to the nose along with bright acidity to the palate, while the Roussanne provides the supple roundness. The nose needed just a little more fruit, so a touch of Viognier was added to lift the nose and increase the stone-fruit aromatics and contribute subtle floral notes. All in all we are very proud of this blend and hope you will enjoy it as much as we do.
558 cases produced
Released on November 2, 2013