Nose

This wine opens with invigorating notes of tangerine, freshly cut pineapple, lemon grass, and graphite.

Palate

The palate picks up flavors of pear, grapefruit, and apple finishing with a satisfying combination of creaminess, crisp acidity, and a hint of mineral.

Growing Conditions

The grapes for the Napa Valley White Meritage come from our estate vineyards in Jameson Canyon and select Napa Valley growers located in Chiles Valley District and Yountville. The estate vineyards are planted on rolling hills at the southern end of Napa Valley, where the growing conditions are very similar to Carneros, the neighboring appellation just west of the Napa River. Winds flow through Jameson Canyon, carrying in the cooling influence of the nearby Pacific Ocean, providing a long, cool growing season that enhances the intensity of the Sauvignon Blanc flavors. The 2013 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest harvested vintages in years. A warm spring led to early bud break and created the perfect environment for flowering and fruit set. With warm days and cool nights, our team was able to maintain ideal acid levels with optimum, bright fruit flavors.

Winemaking

Using no malolactic fermentation, a mix of native and inoculated yeasts and 8 months of sur-lie aging.

Aging

This Napa Valley White Meritage is aged in 100% French oak barrels (10% new) from the center of France.

Food Pairing

This makes the perfect pairing for Vietnamese spring rolls, grilled prawns, or four cheese pizza.