We utilize a fine-tuned approach in the making of Illumination, creating a wine with aromatic expression and an intense and compelling texture. The grapes are hand-harvested and gently whole-cluster pressed before the juice is fermented with native yeast in a variety of vessels. French oak barrels (6% new) bring depth to the body and a hint of oak spice while Acacia barrels (3% new) add a complex floral spice on the nose. Egg-shaped concrete fermenters (33%) add richness to the palate while retaining fresh aromas and stainless-steel barrels (13%) maintain the purity of the fruit. Semillon adds a round mouthfeel to complement the vibrant Sauvignon Blanc. Lees stirring enhances weight and complexity.
52% Napa County, 48% Sonoma County
The 2020 growing season began with a warm and dry winter resulting in an early budbreak and followed by a mild and cool spring yielding a great start to the canopy growth. A temperate summer ensued characterized by cool mornings and warm days allowing the vines to slowly ripen clusters full of vibrant fruit flavors and supple texture.