Nose

Delicate peach, apricot and Meyer lemon open on the nose, accented with intriguing floral hints.

Palate

notes of vanilla, smoke and honey from aging in French oak balance the bright fruit and carry over a long, creamy finish.

Growing Conditions

The 2012 growing season in Napa Valley was unusual, with a very wet winter and rains that continued into early summer. Cool temperatures prevailed through much of the season, and harvest was one of the latest on record. Grapes in Oakville, a slightly reduced crop, experienced slow, steady ripening. Bright, crisp acidity from cool conditions makes 2012 another standout vintage for Sauvignon Blanc.

Harvest

We manage our cordontrained vines block by block, and harvest every row at peak ripeness early in the morning. Hand harvest in the early morning hours

Bottling

Transfer to barrels at 16˚Brix (20% new French oak) to finish fermentation

Winemaking

After gentle hand harvest, we press the Sauvignon Blanc grapes as whole clusters in our membrane press. We then allow them to cold settle in a stainless steel tank, where fermentation begins. When the wine reaches 16˚Brix, we transfer it into barrels (20% new French oak) to finish fermenting. The wine ages on its yeast lees for nine months with batonage (hand stirring) during the first four months to re-suspend the lees and encourage a creamy texture. Whole-cluster press Cold settling and fermentation in stainless steel

Aging

Aging on the yeast lees for nine months, with batonage for the first four.

Food Pairing

oysters on the half-shell. Crisp acidity also makes it a favorite partner for cheese plates, as well as main courses with grilled salmon or roasted vegetables.