Nose

This wine opens with invigorating notes of citrus, kumquat and flint.

Palate

The palate picks up flavors of orange blossoms, and white stone fruit. Fleshy on entry, the palate evolves to a round, river rock minerality with a long, creamy, dolce de leche finish

Growing Conditions

The grapes for the Napa Valley White Meritage come from our estate vineyards in Jameson Canyon and a select vineyard in 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 2015 vintage in Napa Valley was one of the earliest harvested vintages in years. A warm spring led to early bud break but colder temperatures in May caused uneven fruit set and resulted in lower crop yields in some areas. We worked hand in hand with our vineyard crews to ensure only the highest quality grapes were used in the final selection. With generally 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 11 months of sur-lie aging.

Aging

Aged in 100% French oak barrels (20% new) from the center of France.

Food Pairing

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