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2016 Napa Valley Essence, Sauvignon Blanc


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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 string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering, followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. We were able to have almost all of our grapes safely in the cellar before the valley’s first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October 14th.

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.

Winemaker's Notes

Alcohol
14.1%
Fermentation
indigenous yeast
Harvest date
Sept. 1, 2016
Sugar
23 degrees Brix average
Bottling date
August 10, 2017
Release Date
December 2017
Total acid
7.5 g/L
pH
3.08
Time in oak
9 months
Type of oak
French Oak
Blend
100% Sauvignon Blanc

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