A pale, creamy yellow color. Aromas have hints of tropical fruit and grapefruit. An intense, complex and richly flavored wine with an incredibly lingering finish.
Our 2010 Estate Sauvignon Blanc is a blend consisting of 42% from the original Sauvignon Blanc vineyard planted in 1959, 32% is from our planting of a very rare and special clone and 26% is from our seventeen year old hillside vineyard. Only 22% of this blend is barrel fermented which gives this wine its complexity and round texture. The rest is tank fermented to preserve its intense varietal character and firm acidity.
"Pale yellow. Pure, high-pitched aromas of orange, lemon, minerals and anise, with a spicy topnote. Silky and nicely concentrated, with brisk flavors of citrus zest, quince and white flowers. Finishes tangy and firm but in no way tart, with dusty lime pith, lemongrass and honeysuckle qualities and excellent persistence. These vines were planted in 1959 and 1960."
International Wine Cellar
"oe Rochioli planted what is now his oldest block of sauvignon blanc in 1959, using plant material he selected from an old UC Davis experimental station in Napa Valley. Those vines provide the backbone for this wine, blended with younger vines propagated from the original planting. It's rich, round and spicy when first opened, with an edge of lemon-lime to cut the fatness (20 percent of the wine is fermented and aged in oak). Give it a day of air and the wine drives forward into passionfruit and lively stone-fruit flavors. It's clean, open and bright, a zesty sauvignon to serve with any roast fish."
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