Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Blanc is thought to have originated in the southwest of France as an indigenous grape, the name coming from the French sauvage meaning “wild,” and blanc meaning “white.” Eventually it made its way to Bordeaux, so our winemaking team thought it suitable to produce this white to complement our Cabernet Sauvignons.

Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Blanc is thought to have originated in the southwest of France as an indigenous grape, the name coming from the French sauvage meaning “wild,” and blanc meaning “white.” Eventually it made its way to Bordeaux, so our winemaking team thought it suitable to produce this white to complement our Cabernet Sauvignons.

VINEYARDS 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.

HARVEST AND WINEMAKING Grapes were picked at night, brought to the winery and whole cluster pressed, then cold settled for 24 to 48 hours. Grapes were barrel fermented in 40 percent new French oak, 30 percent in neutral oak, and 30 percent in stainless steel. 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.

TASTING NOTES AND PAIRING  Aging the wine in a combination of oak and stainless steel barrels imparts zesty flavors of fresh green herbs, tropical fruit, citrus, and orchard fruit along with a rich, creamy texture. Enjoy with shellfish, fresh goat cheese, or grilled vegetables with herbs.