WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    78% Semillon, 22% Sauvignon Blanc
  • APPELLATION
    Pope Valley AVA
  • ALCOHOL
    13.00%
  • SIZE
    750ml
  • PRODUCTION
    402 cases

Volker Eisele Family Estate creates enticing wines from the Chiles Valley District of the Napa Valley.  Organically farmed since 1974, the vineyard reflects the passion of the Eisele Family’s commitment to grow exceptional grapes and to produce elegant estate wines.

Volker Eisele Family Estate is situated in the Chiles Valley District, a sub-appellation of the Napa Valley American Viticultural Area.  Cloaked in frequent Pacific fog, and with elevations of 600-1200 feet, the Chiles Valley District is one of the cooler areas of the Napa Valley resulting in a long growing season. The valley’s perfect cabernet climate enhances the development of wines with subtle flavors, full body, and overall complexity.

The Estate’s sixty acres of vineyard grow at elevations of 900 to 1100 feet on east, west and south facing slopes as well as on the valley floor. Soils vary from clay-loam to shale. After purchase of the vineyard property, the Eisele’s began an extensive redevelopment and restoration of both the vineyard acreage and the riparian corridors. Presently 72% of the vineyard is planted in Cabernet Sauvignon, 12.5% Merlot, 10.5% Cabernet Franc, 3% Semillon and 2% Sauvignon Blanc. Seven different Cabernet clones have been incorporated to provide diversity of flavor.

Since 1974 the Eisele’s have enriched the vineyard soils through use of organic farming practices. No herbicides, pesticides or chemical fertilizers have been used. The vineyard is certified as organic by both the California Certified Organic Farmers and the California Department of Food and Agriculture. It has been set back from the property’s creeks to substantially increase riparian vegetation. Oaks and other native tree species have been planted on the creek banks to prevent erosion. Throughout the property creeks and associated riparian areas have been protected and enhanced.

TASTING NOTES 

The 2015 Gemini is a rich straw color in the glass with golden undertones. The aromas are broad and layered, with apricot, mandarin orange, and a core of wet stone. The mouth is weighted and structured, with volatile flavors of Meyer lemon, fresh almonds, and pineapple. The finish lingers with a delicate note of white flowers. The result is a tremendously food-friendly blend which should age brilliantly and continue to wow for years.