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2015 Napa Valley Essence, Sauvignon Blanc
The Wine: Using naturally occurring yeasts found on the grapes, we fermented the juice in 1,500-gallon French oak casks that were temperature-controlled for a cool fermentation to retain all of the grapes’ delicate aromas. We selected the best lots of the vintage and then aged the wine nine months in the same large oak casks. Aging in large casks adds another layer of complexity and texture while highlighting the wonderful aromatics of tropical guava, lime zest and rose petals. The full mouthfeel, mouth-watering acidity and persistent nish make it the ideal wine with a goat cheese salad, smoked salmon mousse, saute´ed mussels in lemon-wine sauce or by itself as an aperitif.
Vintage: The growing season started out with unseasonably warm temperatures in the late winter and early spring, triggering early bud break. Colder temperatures in May slowed grape development, which coupled with the fourth year of drought, resulted in fewer grapes in 2015. The harvest was one of our earliest in memory with the berries smaller than usual, but packed with flavor and color.
Vineyard: Only the best blocks that express the true nature—the essence—of our Sauvignon Blanc are used for this limited production wine. The grapes come primarily from our chilly American Canyon vineyard, supplemented by grapes from our Carneros vineyard, where the cool climate and thin soils limit vigor, producing fewer grapes but more intense avor. We hand-harvested the grapes at night into small bins so they arrived at the winery cool and intact, preserving their wonderful avors and bright acidity.