In the summer of 2015, one of the Schweiger Vineyards cork suppliers took our winemaker, Andy, on a trip to Portugal. During this trip, he discovered the magic of White Port, which resulted in an experiment in the 2016 harvest and proved a resounding success. About halfway through harvest, he combined fermenting Chardonnay juice with brandy, resulting in an amazing dessert wine. The 2017 vintage has a wonderful aroma, with highlights of baked pear, meringue, honeysuckle, peach blossom and rose water with a slightly sweet almondine flavor. Enjoy with your favorite pear tart, dried figs, blue cheese, or other magical creations. Our favorite is this Pear and Frangipane Tart recipe from Williams-Sonoma. Tell us yours!
Napuro was an idea that our winemaker, Andy Schweiger, decided to experiment with after his trip to the Douro Region of Portugal, where he first discovered the magic of White Port and instantly fell in love with it. “When I considered how perfect our Chardonnay fruit would be in this style of wine, I had to try to capture what I experienced in Portugal and make it my own,” Andy said. “Things went exactly according to plan, even exceeding my expectations in capturing the mid-fermentation sweetness and aromas.” What resulted is an amazing dessert wine with honeysuckle, peach blossom and nectarine with a slightly sweet nectar flavor.