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Herencia Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Sauvignon Blanc from Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
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15.4% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

In the glass, this wine greets you with a bright, sunny, vibrant yellow and doesn't disappoint from there. It offers aromatic layers of lemon zest, apricot and other stone-fruit as well as dried herbs. The palate serves up lush and full lemon cream and Meyer lemon bar which transition to a whipped key-lime finish.

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From a new producer, this Chiles Valley-grown white crackles in waxy apple and lemon-zest aromas. It was aged in mostly stainless steel, with a small addition of neutral oak. Peach fuzz dominates atop the creamy texture, providing brightness in an otherwise full-bodied, though balanced, wine.
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Herencia Del Valle

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Herencia Del Valle, Chiles Valley, Napa Valley, California
With over seven decades of wine grape farming in the Napa Valley combined, the Herrera and Renteria families have a fundamental respect and love for their Herencia (Heritage in Spanish).

They are a wine grape growing family with a cumulative collection of wisdom passed down from generation to generation. Herencia Del Valle is located in the Napa Valley and is the product of their families combined values and traditions.

The Herencia Del Valle family consists of husband Guillermo Herrera and his wife Angelica Renteria Herrera along with Luis Renteria (Angelica’s father). Herencia Del Valle Wines in Napa Valley infuses their knowledge, passion, and family traditions into their grape growing and wine making practices.

Each bottle of their wine has been carefully crafted to reflect the depth, flavor and personality of the terroir. It is the hard work in the vineyard as well as using only the highest quality grapes that exemplify the fruits of their labor. It’s their Herencia (Heritage) in a bottle.

Chiles Valley

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Nestled in the Vaca Mountains on the northeast side of Napa Valley, Chiles Valley is one of the cooler Napa subregions with vineyards at about 600 to 1,200 feet in elevation. The region is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon blanc.

Sauvignon Blanc

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A crisp, refreshing variety that equally reflects both terroir and varietal character, Sauvignon blanc is responsible for a vast array of wine styles. However, a couple of commonalities always exist—namely, zesty acidity and intense aromatics. The variety is of French provenance, and here is most important in Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. It also shines in New Zealand, California, Australia and parts of northeastern Italy. Chile and South Africa are excellent sources of high-quality, value-priced Sauvignon blanc.

In the Glass

From its homeland In Bordeaux, winemakers prefer to blend it with Sémillon to produce a softer, richer style. In the Loire Valley, it expresses citrus, flint and smoky flavors, especially from in Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume. Marlborough, New Zealand often produces a pungent and racy version, often reminiscent of cut grass, gooseberry and grapefruit. California produces fruity and rich oak-aged versions as well as snappy and fresh, Sauvignon blancs, which never see any oak.

Perfect Pairings

The freshness of Sauvignon Blanc’s flavor lends it to a range of light, summery dishes including salad, seafood and mild Asian cuisine. Sauvignon Blanc settles in comfortably at the table with notoriously difficult foods like artichokes or asparagus. When combined with Sémillon (and perhaps some oak), it can be paired with more complex seafood and chicken dishes.

Sommelier Secret

Along with Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc is the 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 (an herbaceous aromatic compound) inherent to each member of the family.

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