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2015 Little Frances Semillon

Napa Valley, California

Super tasty Semillon from California made by a pioneering Aussie.

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Feels a couple of years old, not six. A delight.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Erin Pooley has been making terrific Semillon at the northern edge of the Napa Valley in Lake County since her first vintage in 2012. This is her wonderful 2015 release, from the Luchsinger vineyard, and it is incredibly aromatic, with lemongrass, honey and the beginnings of some toasty notes.

It sits at under 11% abv but sure packs a flavour punch, with citrus and a gentle peachiness on the palate, and a long, tense finish.

Erin is from NSW stock, and there are echoes of Hunter Semillon here. Simply lovely wine.

About Little Frances

Little Frances was established in 2012 by Erin Frances Pooley, who set out to make the wines she loves to drink from Californian grapes.

Enamoured with the nuance and intrigue of aged white wine (and missing Hunter Valley Semillon from home), Erin started Little Frances in 2012 with just 200 cases of Semillon from a high altitude vineyard in Northern California, farmed by the 3rd generation growers.

Her growth has been slow yet steady, and in recent years the range has expanded to include Chenin Blanc, Merlot and a co-ferment of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc.

From the outset, Erin has sought to capture the individual profile of each vineyard, taking a light touch in the winery and pursuing sites where texture and complexity will shine. All wines are fermented with native yeasts, bottled without fining products and using minimal sulphites.

Winemaker Erin Pooley
Winemaker Erin Pooley
California, USA
Additional Info

From The Producer

The 2015 Little Frances Semillon is a golden straw colour with an aromatic profile of lime leaf and dried hay. On the palate, a hint of an early yellow peach gives way to a generous lemon finish. Don’t be afraid to explore a range of serving temperatures or styles of food with this refreshingly dry and incredibly complex wine. 10.7% alcohol.

Lake County rises high above the north end of the Napa Valley, over the Mayacamas Mountain range. Classic Bordeaux varieties dominate vineyard plantings in this bucolic agricultural basin. Warm summer days are moderated by the cooling thermal mass of Clear Lake - California's largest natural lake. Since 2012, Little Frances has sourced Semillon from a single vineyard owned and tended by three generations of the Luchsinger family.

Blend : Semillon (100%)
ABV : 10.7%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2029
Bottle Size : 750ml

Erin Pooley
Erin Pooley
California, USA
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

93Points
The Wine Front

"Erin Pooley found a semillon vineyard wanting to test if you could make a textured, savoury style ala her home state NSW Hunter Valley wines of ‘youth’ and ipso this came about. Whole bunch pressed, natural ferment, old oak and stainless steel barrels.Beautifully lemony fresh perfume, whiffs of blanched almonds, some green herb and fern notes, touch of bread dough and honeycomb. Just lovely. Crackles in the palate with lemon honey ginger tea vibes, crystal clear but for a lick of honey, so gently though. A smidge of chalky pucker, limey finish, just so. Feels a couple of years old, not six. A delight." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

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