Source: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Winemaker: Rob McDonald
We produced 239 cases
Release Date: February 2018
In the Napa Valley – Cabernet is king. The power behind the throne belongs to Sauvignon Blanc. The high dollar that is paid for Cabernet grown in the Napa Valley has seen most growers pull out Sauvignon Blanc vineyards. We never do what other people do – so we double down on Sauvignon Blanc. Why? The soil, the air, the sun. The perfect micro-climate to allow the subtle, but extensive flavors to ring out. It is too good to ignore.
Long and slow fermentation with partial lots spending time on older French Oak give structure through the middle palate. Bright tropical fruit on the nose lead to a honey, herbal finish. This wine is the perfect straddle. Reaching back to the Old World with a leanness and great acid that makes this wine uber-food friendly, but grown in the New World, in the middle of the Valley in Rutherford – with all the bright golden hued promise the future holds.
“I am sitting with an open bottle and a plate with a slice of local goat cheese and a salad of papaya, chillies and garden tomatoes. It is warm in Napa today, but the shade is comfortable. Harvest is fast approaching. My secateurs are sitting on the table with a sharpening stone next to my glass, waiting for lunch to finish. I will start the process of tuning our tools and begin the mad gallop to the finish of another harvest … but I want to have one more glass and enjoy what we did in 2016”.
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