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Vintage
2021
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
14%

2021 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley

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A light green hue gives notice to the connoisseur of the wine’s careful handling in the cellar. Juicy, vibrant fruit pops out of the glass with notes of Satsuma mandarin and pineapple juxtaposed with a minerality reminiscent of white Bordeaux, thanks to the reductive pressing and judicious timing of harvest. Nicely framed by the structure imparted by the oak and stainless steel fermentation vessels, a wet quartz note balances these mouth-watering flavors with the fresh acidity at the core of this wine. Notes of fresh mint mingle with light floral gardenia aromatics as the finish crisply cleanses the palate. Whether lounging at a resort pool, having friends over for a light summer meal, or at your favorite Michelin restaurant, this wine harbors a seriousness that requests attention, but a lusciousness that encourages enjoyment! It’s bright acidity and fresh fruit flavors will pair beautifully with sushi freshly flown in from Tsukiji market, a Chilean Sea Bass in beurre blanc sauce or a warm goat cheese salad (preferably in Provence). Recommended consumption 0 to 5 years.

Vintage
2021
Varietal
Sauvignon Blanc
Region
Napa Valley
Alcohol
14%

Vintage Notes

The grapes for our Sauvignon Blanc come from the Lovall Valley, a hidden gem nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains straddling the border of Napa and Sonoma Counties. The elevation (650 feet), the clay-loam and ancient marine soils, and the area’s coldest temperatures provide ideal conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc.

The 2021 growing season was off to a dry and chilly start with reports of sporadic early season frost damage throughout the valley. The winter rains were well below the norm for the Napa Valley leaving many irrigation ponds dry before the growing season started. As the growing season passed from Spring to Summer the average Growing Degree Days were below the 2020 average, but there were six heat spikes that saw the temperature rise above the 100° mark.

The biggest challenge from the vintage was the lack of water for the vines. With low carbohydrates reserves and lack of water, the vines had a hard time developing full canopies, which meant that the vines struggled to ripen the fruit and the final crop levels were below average. Despite the challenges, the wines show deep concentrated color and complex flavors. The tannin levels in the grapes were higher than we have seen in the past, which meant that during fermentation we had to take care not to extract too much of the tannins.

The 2021 season ended with an atmospheric river that dumped 9 inches of rain in a 48-hour period. It was good timing, as all our grapes had been picked by the time the rains started.

Winemaker Notes

The grapes were picked at night, brought to the winery and whole cluster pressed, and given four hours of skin contact, then cold settled for 24 to 48 hours. Then the grapes were barrel fermented in one-third new French oak, one-third in neutral oak, and one-third in stainless steel barrels. The combination of fermentation vessels allowed bright fruit character to shine through while fully integrating complexity and texture. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation and was stirred every other week for four months prior to racking and bottling in May. It was sterile filtered at bottling to keep the wine’s vibrancy and to keep the wine from undergoing malolactic fermentation in bottle.