Scholium La Geante NV
No one describes his wines better than former phylosphy professor and wine maker Abe Schoener himself: “This wine has many origins— to a great degree in emulation of other wines that we admire very much, but also to some degree in necessity and accident. It began as an attempt to create a successor to the 2014 Miss Texas blend, but we pretty much forgot to bottle the wine, and then had to confront a big vessel of neglected wine. This was in the fall of 2016, so we simply began adding 2016 wine to the blend, to refresh and improve it, and we did so only guessing at what the result would be. In this respect, we were inspired by nobody we knew. In 2017 we added more wine, and by
Fall of 2018, we had a complex white wine blend that was ready to bottle. It has a fair amount of skincontact SB in it from various vintages of the Prince, and the wine needed both time and air to meld and become beautiful. The solera had the following composition at bottling in the Fall of 2018:
At bottling, we took away 60% of the wine, and will replace some of it with a half-portion of 2018 wine.
This will lead to a smaller bottling next year, but we wanted to get out a fair amount of the first version,
and to make sure that we add a proper portion of new wine.
The wine is rich and powerful and well-structured. It is surprisingly fresh for a wine with so much age and so much skin contact. It has no varietal character at all; nor does it in any way seem like a solera wine. In the end, it is somehow one thing that does not reveal its parts.”
61% Sauvignon Blanc, 13% Riesling, 11% Chardonnay, 8% Cinsault, 8% Verdelho