2006 Scholium Project - Heliopolis Delu Vineyard 750ml

USA - California/ White / Verdelho
2006 Scholium Project - Heliopolis Delu Vineyard

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Nobody can ever accuse Schoener of producing mainstream wines... Although harvested from a vineyard on the same road as Naucratis, this wine is decidedly different. Abe described the wine as having a much heavier aromatic must which has translated to the final wine. Far be it from me to deprive Scholium devotees of their due, but this wine seems to be either in a benign stage or of a more cerebral ilk and is not rated. For the purist, contrast with the Naucratis.

Olive oil golden in color, distinctly heavy aromatics of earth and brine are unusual. The palate is smooth and replete with baked apples and dried apricots. Abe felt the wine was meatier and more bacony. Remember this is a white wine ...

Drink Dates: 2007-2010
Author: Vinfolio Team
Issue: 86

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The Scholium Project, made by Abe Schoener, pushes the envelope of expectation in wines, producing esoteric varieties from somewhat obscure vineyards througout northern California. Schoener, who completed his graduate work in Ancient Greek Philosophy, concentrated on Homer. His label's name translates to "school, schooling" from Greek, and signifies an undertaking for the sake of learning, paralleling his winemaking journey. Schoener took a sabbatical from teaching in 1998 to work as an intern at Stag's Leap Wine Cellars in Napa Valley before moving on to work in the cellars of Luna. He then began the Scholium Project in 2004, entitling wines using proprietary names rather than varieties. In the cellar, Schoener allows his wines to take their own natural course by leaving them undisturbed in the barrel, not sulfuring or topping off - instead he allows the fermentation to develop a ripeness particular to wine, not fruit. Scholium Project wines are extremely limited in production.

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