Nose

This wine opens with notes of crème brûlée, gooseberry, apricot skin, and graphite.

Palate

The palate picks up flavors of thyme, dried apples, stone fruit and finishes with a satisfying combination of creaminess and fresh minerality.

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. "Classic" and "perfect" are just two accolades being bestowed upon the 2012 Napa Valley growing season and harvest. Textbook conditions saw near-ideal spring bud break, steady flowering, even fruit set, and a lengthy stretch of warm days and cool and often foggy nights during the long summer months. Late and light rains held off until Napa Valley's treasured wine grapes found optimal ripeness, bringing exceptional quality to the crush pad and into the cellar.

Winemaking

Using no malolactic fermentation, a mix of native and inoculated yeasts and 8 months of sur-lie aging, this Napa Valley White Meritage is aged utilizing minimal use of new and twice-used French oak barrels from the center of France