2008 Fidelitas Semillon

By Duane Pemberton

Winemaker and owner of Fidelitas, Charlie Hoppes made it quite clear awhile ago that he was only going to focus on Bordeaux grapes and it has seemed to have worked out rather well for him so far. With over 1000 wine-club members and a massive loyal fan base, it doesn’t appear that Fidelitas shows any signs of slowing down any time soon.

In France, Semillon is mostly blended with Sauvignon Blanc and Muscadelle – it’s normally a dry wine with crisp acids and good amounts of citrus notes. There are wineries who do “late-harvest” Semillon as well and it works wonderfully in that application as well.

Technical Data:

  • Grape: 100% Semillon
  • Vineyard: Stillwater Creek
  • Aging: 20 days of primary fermentation prior to sur lies aging for 8 months in French Oak
  • Alcohol: 13.7%
  • Price: $18

Nose: Honeydew, petrol, meryer lemons, chalk dust, and cascade detergent.

Taste: IF you could imagine what it’d taste like to smother your tongue with cantelope and honeydew then pop in a mouthfull of steel bb’s – that’s what’s going on here for me. The mid-palate throws in the meyer lemon and a kiwi component but also brings some acids to the party. Decent acids on the back-end but not enough “perk” on the finish to make this wine very interesting to me for its price of $18.

W.E.P. Rating: 80%

On the web: www.fidelitaswines.com