2015 Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
|Vintners||Jeff & Carolyn Smith|
|Partners||The Chilton & Clark Families|
|Appellation||Napa Valley / Calistoga & St. Helena|
|Soil Series||Gravelly Cortina River Wash|
|Varietal Blend||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Press & Fermentation||80% Whole cluster press, 20% skin contact, 100% native yeast|
|Barrel Program||50% stainless steel, 25% new and 25% seasoned French oak|
|Price||$40 per 750ml bottle|
The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc is a study in contrasting vineyards. Larkmead Lane vineyard is on the same alluvial gravel beds as our Blueline Estate vineyard. As such, it elicits vibrancy and stony minerality, with a crisp Granny Smith apple tang in this varietal. By contrast, the 46 year-old head-trained vines of the Varozza Vineyard in St. Helena yield intensely rich and pure fruit. Between the vineyards and the three fermentations - stainless steel, seasoned oak and new oak - we make up to seven distinctly different interpretations of Sauvignon Blanc before blending them to create a complex and layered wine that is both lively and rich.
Primary aromas of lemon and lime zest, orange blossom and Granny Smith apples are followed on the palate with flavors of limeade, fresh hay, white peach, pineapple and vanilla bean. The fruit from the old Varozza vines and portion of fermentation in new French barrels combine to lend weight, while a wonderful wet stone minerality from the Larkmead fruit provides a counter balance and exciting tension.
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