Calif Sauvignon Blanc

Sauvignon blanc is a green-skinned green variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape gets its name from the French word sauvage (“wild”) and blanc (“white”) due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France. It is now planted in many of the world’s wine regions producing a crisp, dry, and refreshing white varietal wine. Conversely, the grape is also a component of the famous dessert wines from and Sauternes, Barsac, Sauvignon blanc is widely cultivated in France, Chile, Australia New Zealand, South Africa, Brazil and California.

Napa, CA- A crisp, elegant white wine with flavors of passion fruit, lemon grass and a hint of minerality followed by a long finish. Pair with grilled seafood or sauteed chicken breast.

**This is not a wine to serve with dessert.  Anything sweet will have a negative effect on the taste and flavor of the wine.

  • Geography

    It’s the quality and reputation of Napa Valley wine that inspire crowds of tourists to visit Napa Valley wineries dotting Highway 29, nestled between the Mayacamas mountain range to the west and the Vaca Range to the east.

    Despite its limited acreage, Napa Valley is a diverse growing region with many microclimates and varied soil types. Over the 30 miles from the cool San Francisco Bay north through Oakville, Rutherford, St. Helena and Calistoga, the average temperature can increase 10 percent. So cool-weather varieties like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir thrive in Carneros, at the southern end of the region; warm-weather grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc fare better in the north.

  • Varietal / Type

    Sauvignon Blanc is an international white grape variety that originates in France. It’s long been used to make world-class wines from Bordeaux and the Loire Valley. Yet in recent decades, Sauvignon Blanc has become an everyday favorite thanks to the New World winemakers of California and New Zealand.

    With its distinctive, vivid aromas and zesty acidity, Sauvignon Blanc is easy to peg in a blind tasting of dry white wines. The wine’s green, herbaceous and fruity scents are sometimes accented with musky aromas, yet its flavors are consistently fresh and bright.

Duckhorn Winery:  History

This elegant wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Sémillon harvested from our estates and other select premium Napa Valley vineyards. A portion of the Sauvignon Blanc was barrel-fermented in French oak. This technique and the addition of the Sémillon add depth and complexity to the aroma and palate, enhancing the ripe citrus and tropical flavors of the Sauvignon Blanc.

Production Notes

Varietal Content 79% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Sémillon Cooperage 100% French Oak Château-style barrels (60 Gallons) 10% New French Oak 5 months sur lie

Winemaker Notes

Exotic aromas of passion fruit, papaya, ginger and star fruit leap from the glass, along with layers of grapefruit and melon. On the palate, a lovely Sémillon-driven silkiness provides delicate weight to this wine, while crisp, refreshing acidity and vibrant citrus flavors draw the wine to a lingering finish with notes of Meyer lemon and Kaffir lime.

Production

In Napa Valley, a warm, dry spring resulted in any early budbreak, while an extended flowering period brought a return to normal yields after three years of abundant crops. With berry weights down, the grapes offered great concentration, while retaining excellent acidity. We had one of our earliest harvests in the past decade, with our first white grapes arriving at the winery on July 31st. A light rain in mid-September nourished the vines, while providing welcome additional hangtime. Overall, the quality of the fruit was exceptional, with our white wines showing both richness and complexity, and our red grapes displaying a fine balance between elegance and intensity, with gorgeous dark fruit flavors.

Other Notes

Released: April 2016

Wine Specs Vintage2015

Varietal -Sauvignon Blanc  Appellation Napa Valley

Harvest DateJuly 31 — August 27, 2015

Sugar23.5° Brix Acid0.57 g/100 ml titratable acidity pH3.53

Fermentation 21 days fermentation at 55° F

Bottling Date February 2016

Alcohol %13.5

Wine Spectator90

Grigich Wine Estates / History

Napa, CA- A crisp, elegant white wine with flavors of passion fruit, lemon grass and a hint of minerality followed by a long finish. Pair with grilled seafood or sauteed chicken breast.

The Wine:

Relying on naturally-occurring yeasts, we fermented 80% of the grapes in 900-gallon French oak casks, called foudres, with the remainder in previously used small French oak barrels. We then aged the wine six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. The combination of the right clones and cool growing region produced juicy tropical fruit and lemongrass flavors with a touch of minerality at the end of a long finish.

Pairings: These are perfect with a wide range of food, including grilled seafood, chicken, oysters, creamy pastas dishes and summer salads.

Winemaker’s notes

Alcohol ………….14.1% by volume

Fermentation …indigenous yeast

Harvest date ….Aug. 22 – Sept. 4, 2014

Sugar …………….23˚ Brix (average)

Bottling date ….Feb. 24-25, 2015

Release date …..June 2016

Total acid ……..7.4 g/L  pH ………………..3.12

Time in oak……6 months on lees in ………………………neutral barrels

Type of oak ……French oak  20% neutral barrels  80% 900-gallon asks

Production …….12,849 cases (12/750 ml.)

Blend ……………100% Sauvignon Blanc

Chalk Hill/ History

A blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Musqué, this wine delights for its supple apricot and nectarine flavors. It’s floral on the nose, with grapefruit and fennel scents, unfolding slowly to reveal a rich texture and fresh acidity.

Winemaker Notes

The Sauvignon Blanc captures the exotic, vibrant and complex fruit character of the estate-grown grapes. The vineyards are ideally situated to take advantage of soil changes, different aspects, and exposure to sun and wind. Sauvignon Gris and Sauvignon Musque add layers of flavor and interest to the blend. In the winery, the distinctive aromatics of the grapes are preserved by minimizing exposure to air and fermenting in a combination of stainless steel and mainly neutral French oak. Aging on the lees with regular stirring bring all the elements together, giving a complete and harmonious wine.

Blend: 84% Sauvignon Blanc, 10% Sauvignon Gris, 6% Sauvignon Musque

DESIGNATION Estate Bottled

VARIETY Sauvignon Blanc

APPELLATION Chalk Hill, Sonoma, California, US

ALCOHOL 14.5%

BOTTLE SIZE 750 ml

CATEGORY White

Stags Leap / History

Aveta Savignon Blanc 2015

Inviting aromas of orange blossom, tangerine and a hint of grass. On the palate, the wine has bright citrus flavors with lingering fruit on the finish. The wine is refreshing with a nice weight and texture and the crisp acidity makes it a perfect food wine.

Winemaker Notes:

Appellation: Napa Valley

Blend:79% Sauvignon Blanc, 21% Sauvignon Musque (a clonal variant of Sauvignon Blanc)

Alcohol:14.5% PH:3.24

Total Acidity:0.57 g/100 mL

Barrel Aging:6 months sur lies, 100% previously filled

Fermentation:55% stainless steel, 45% previously filled French oak barrels

Malolactic Fermentation: None

Pairings:

Grilled oysters with mignonette sauce, grilled prosciutto-wrapped shrimp, fresh fish ceviche with cilantro.

Altamura/ History

Our Sauvignon Blanc comes from our 4-acre 18-year-old dry-farmed vineyard which sits at an altitude of 850 feet. The wine is fermented and aged in new French oak barrels for 18 months resulting in a wine of great depth and complexity, displaying the flavor and textural profile more like a white Bordeaux than a California Sauvignon Blanc. Very limited production of 500 cases.

 

91           Wine Spectator

Wine Spectator-California – “Distinctive, succulent and smooth, with toasted coconut and lemon curd flavors at the core, a supple, juicy texture and honey details. Shows grace and harmony on the long, luscious finish.”

 

 

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