Topaz “DLX” was first crafted in 1997 when small lots of Botrytised Sauvignon and Semillon were pressed, the juice sent the 40° brix hydrometer off the scale. Two barrels were fermented in new oak and aged 18 months. The wine was simply Deluxe.
2002 is the second vintage of DLX. Yield was expanded to three new toasty oak barrels. Harvested November 29th and December 3rd, the Sauvignon (65%) comes from the “Scarf Vineyard” just north of Calistoga. Semillon (35%) from “Adobe Creek Vineyard” near Kelseyville in Lake County was harvested December 6th, both averaging 42° brix. The finished wine has 15.7% residual sugar and 15.1% alcohol, 8 g/L of acidity and 3.77 pH.
The flavors and aromas are reminiscent of grilled pineapple, butterscotch macaroons, candied ginger with a touch of toasted fennel seed. No wonder they love it at the French Laundry! ENJOY!