After relentlessly searching for quality Sémillon in the 2015 vintage (three years of drought in California had considerably depressed yields everywhere and unfortunately there was simply none of the variety to be had), we were quite literally offered the fruit for our Milhouse Sémillon the afternoon before we picked it, hence the name’s certain pop cultural reference. The vineyard sits on the eastern edge of southern Napa in the Oak Knoll District. Our first thought upon seeing it was that we had the opportunity to produce some of the most serious white wine in the area: alluvial soil, twenty year old vines, cooler daytime temperatures and a significant amount of pink skinned Sémillon (known as the Madeira clone in Australia). Barrel fermented and aged sur lie for one year in a combination of used French oak and stainless steel (a 75/25 split), the Milhouse is a more distinctly tactile expression of Sémillon. There’s an elegance and brightness here that belies the wine’s weight and texture, giving lie to the definition of California Sémillon providing little more utility than as a blending grape. White peach, grapefruit, lychee, sea salt.