Bouche d'Or, or "Taste of Gold" refers to the amber color and luscious, sweet essence of this wine. You may know that the characteristic honey-apricot fragrance, found in many late harvest wines, comes from what's known as "noble rot" or botrytis cinerea, which occurs naturally on grape clusters.
We delayed harvesting one acre of our estate vineyard Chardonnay grapes until December, anticipating that the botrytis would further concentrate grape sugars. The resulting wine, seasoned with a touch of aromatic Riesling, recalls to mind honeyed apricots and ripe figs, yet is delicate in weight and smooth in texture.
Any sweet treat laced with honey or lemon is a good match. Combine Bouche'Or with fresh cherries, apricot tarts, mango gelato or fruit-studded cheeses and it will be met with rave reviews.