Wow, the other night I partied like it was 1999 and I got to try some crazy old semillon from California. Thanks to my #1 somm Molly (@Mollybrains) for picking this one out! This was straight-up mushrooms, honey, and funk.
Remember what you were doing in 1999? I rang in the new millennium with all my high school friends at a cabin in the Poconos-- right about when this wine was probably being transferred to barrels after it had fermented.
But wait, let's go back even farther-- to the 1880s when Charles Wetmore brought a bunch of cuttings from Chateau d'Yquem to Livermore and planted this old vineyard now known as the Wente Estate vineyard.
Kalin is the brainchild of Terry and Frances Leighton, who are pretty much the only people who make this wine. They have been making wine since the '70s, and they don't believe in filtration.
Kalin Cellars Semillon, 1999 (Livermore Valley, California)
mushrooms, honey, funk- man I wish I had some cheese like Tete des Moines to have with this wine!
The label says "semillon," but technically, this is 75% semillon and 25% sauvignon blanc.