Our 2012 White Loonatic opens with ripe pear and fresh grated ginger complemented by subtle notes of toasted marshmallow and fresh baked bread. Medium-bodied and nicely balanced, this wine has a round creaminess and an inviting palate of fresh nectarine, peach, and vanilla pudding. Serve chilled and enjoy with grilled pork chops with mushrooms and late summer vegetables such as corn, butternut squash and pumpkin.
With its moderate climate, and diverse terroir, the state of California offers many distinct AVAs. For our White Loonatic the majority of the grapes were sourced from the Clarksburg AVA, an up and coming wine region located in California's Sacramento Delta. The area was quickly discovered by grape growers attracted by a microclimate which closely mirrored that of nearby Napa Valley. The soils here are a combination of poorly-draining clay and rich loam, meaning vines experience nutrient-rich and sometimes arid conditions. During the growing season, warm days give way to cooling afternoon breezes from the San Francisco Bay, dropping temperatures down 30 to 40 degrees Fahrenheit from their daytime highs. This mass of cool air allows wine grapes to retain more acidity than those grown in similarly warm regions.
In contrast to the tough vintages of the last two years, the stars seemed to align for Clarksburg in 2012. Clarksburg winemakers enjoyed a long sunny growing season that produced generous amounts of beautiful fruit to work with. Indeed, the biggest challenge of 2012 turned out to be staging the picking and processing, as all the varietals were ready to pick at the same time—a very unusual occurrence. Clarksburg yields were up and quality was exceptional. All the varietals enjoyed extended hang time, developing great color, concentrated flavors, and finely balanced structure and acidity.