Goosecross Usibelli Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Goosecross's journey has grown and evolved through the years, from farmers and grape growers in the 1970s to winemakers and vintners in the 1980s. They take pride in crafting wines that express a sense of "place", giving voice to the vineyards and regions in which they were grown. It gives great pleasure to share wines with guests and friends, one glass at a time.
And the journey continues... Coming from a family whose history for crafting fine lagers spans five generations, Christi Coors Ficeli was drawn to Goosecross by its heritage and reputation. Looking for a place to call home and grow roots in the Valley, she has taken the challenge of writing the next chapter in the Goosecross journey.
Christi is committed to remaining true to the spirit of Goosecross, with an open mind to what the future will bring. The winemaking team is now led by Bill Nancarrow who brings a wealth of experience making wines in regions throughout the World, he and his team are continuing the approachable, balanced style of Goosecross wines, while introducing bold new varietals and blends to the portfolio.
One of the world's most highly regarded regions for wine production as well as tourism, the Napa Valley was responsible for bringing worldwide recognition to California winemaking. In the 1960s, a few key wine families settled the area and hedged their bets on the valley's world-class winemaking potential—and they were right.
The Napa wine industry really took off in the 1980s, when producers scooped up vineyard lands and planted vines throughout the county. A number of wineries emerged, and today Napa is home to hundreds of producers ranging from boutique to corporate. Cabernet Sauvignon is definitely the grape of choice here, with many winemakers also focusing on Bordeaux blends. White wines from Napa Valley are usually Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc.
Within the Napa Valley lie many smaller sub-AVAs that claim specific wine characteristics based on situation, slope and soil. Farthest south and coolest from the influence of the San Pablo Bay is Carneros, followed by Coombsville to its northeast and then Yountville, Oakville and Rutherford. Above those are the warm St. Helena and the valley's newest and hottest AVA, Calistoga. These areas follow the valley floor and are known generally for creating rich, dense, complex and smooth red wines with good aging potential. The mountain sub appellations, nestled on the slopes overlooking the valley AVAs, include Stags Leap District, Atlas Peak, Chiles Valley (farther east), Howell Mountain, Mt. Veeder, Spring Mountain District and Diamond Mountain District. Napa Valley wines from the mountain regions are often more structured and firm, benefiting from a lot of time in the bottle to evolve and soften.
Capable of a vast array of styles, Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character. Though it can vary depending on where it is grown, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. This variety is of French provenance. Somm Secret—Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is a proud parent of Cabernet Sauvignon. That green bell pepper aroma that all three varieties share is no coincidence—it comes from a high concentration of pyrazines (herbaceous aromatic compounds) inherent to each member of the family.