If there is a theme to the white wines that I make and drink it might be called textural and non-aromatic white wines. Chardonnay falls under this category as does the Jura variety Savagnin. In Bordeaux, Sémillon is another white grape that falls in this category. It offers a wonderful richness and a waxy texture. The most compelling thing about this category of wines is how they develop so many interesting layers and flavors with time.
I began this wine club with a new challenge of crafting Cabernet Sauvignon in a classic, old-school California style. I had never before tried my hand with any Bordeaux varieties and the warm reception of the first two vintages of Never Say Never Cabernet Sauvignon led me down the rabbit hole a bit further. While Cabernet is the noble red grape of Bordeaux, the noble white grape is Sémillon. I was lucky to procure some beautiful Sémillon from the last head-trained, dry farmed Sémillon vines in the Napa Valley. Farmed organically since the mid-80s, this relatively cool pocket of the valley ripens early, at low potential alcohol, and with lots of flavor and texture. We harvested the Sémillon from the Yount Mill Vineyard on August 26th, 2019 and pressed the juice into neutral barrels. The wine fermented naturally and we raised it for one year in barrel before bottling. Never Say Never Sémillon was bottled without any fining or filtering.