2021 Ashanta 'Solaris' White Blend
75% Chenin Blanc, 25% French Colombard
In 2020, we reserved 1/2 ton of French Colombard for a skin contact white at the Coturri Winery. We fermented on the skins for 6 days, then basket pressed into French neutral oak. We left the wine untopped and after 3 months, a strong layer of flor had developed. We aged the wine under a veil for 21 months. In 2021 we picked both Colombard and Chenin Blanc from the same 50 year old vines in a classic California workhorse vineyard in Solano County's Green Valley. The Colombard was foot stomped and allowed to macerate on the skins for one week and then pressed to neutral oak. In December of '21 it was added to the flor aged '20 Colombard to begin our first year of multi vintage Solera style aging. The Chenin Blanc was direct pressed into French neutral oak to slowly ferment in barrel. Aged for 8 months in barrel it was homogenized with the Solera French Colombard for one month and bottled in June of 2022. No additions or subtractions. Unfined, unfiltered, zero SO2.