Our 2009 Sauvignon Blanc was produced from grapes grown in various microclimates of the Napa Valley. The warmer Napa Valley microclimates give us grapes that result in wines with a lush, full melon/citrus character in the aroma and in the flavor. The cooler Napa Valley fruit provides a solid, crisp backbone that gives the wine an exciting liveliness that balances the rich creaminess from "sur lie" aging.
"Mellow" is a great word for the white grape harvest in 2009. Long, steady periods of moderate temperatures ripened the Sauvignon Blanc grapes in such a way that high sugars were not an issue. The lack of excessive heat and heat spikes allowed us to make wines at more moderate alcohols while still retaining a tremendous amount of fruitiness and acidity. A great year for whites!
"Pretty good price for a bone-dry, crisply elegant Sauvignon Blanc with such good flavor. It’s citrusy in limes and grapefruits, with richer notes of figs and melons, and finishes with a scour of spice."
"Green papaya, green apple, pear, lemon and melon flavors are balanced and highlighted by a spicy tobacco leaf note. Intense and focused on the finish, with a firm structure and generous acidity. Drink now. 36,000 cases made."