Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Region: Dollarhide Estate Vineyard, Napa Valley.
Winemaker’s Notes: A brightly colored wine with yellow and green hues. Citrus notes of lemon, key lime and grapefruit lead to aromas of kiwi, pear with a hint of tropical fruit, anise, and wet gravel. The flavors follows suit; green lime, grapefruit, grapefruit zest and kiwi dominate with a subtle thread of toasty French oak rounding out the textured mouthfeel balancing with crisp acidity.
Vintage: In 2019, we experienced a very wet winter and spring, capturing 41” of rain at St. Supéry’s Dollarhide Estate Vineyard. A mild spring with late-May rainfall resulted in damp soils and healthy canopy growth which meant lower-than-average yields of Sauvignon Blanc and therefore high intensity. Other than one mid-June heat spell, summer was warm and dry, allowing for consistent and balanced ripening. Late summer and early fall continued to provide steady warmth. As evenings began to cool, the fall growing season was extended. It was a good even ripening season with a mild summer resulting in excellent wine of great flavor and density. After achieving the desired flavors on the vine, the Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the cool morning hours in an effort to preserve the delicate flavors. The fruit was received in the cellar, where the grapes were pressed to tank and immediately chilled and settled prior to fermentation. Fermentation occurred in both stainless steel tanks and new French oak barrels at cool temperatures to maintain and enhance the natural flavors. The final blend was completed after 5 months of sur-lie maturation.
Analysis: Alcohol 14.1%, pH 3.1, acidity 6.8 g/L, Residual sugar 0.2%