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2018 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc

2018 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Winemaker
Tony Biagi
Vintners
Jeff & Carolyn Smith
Partners
The Chilton & Clark Families
Vineyard Designation
Hourglass Estate, Larkmead Lane, Varozza, Gamble Ranch
Soil Series
Gravelly Cortina River Wash
Appellation
Calistoga, Napa Valley
Varietals
91% Sauvignon Blanc, 9% Semillon
Barrel Program
Stainless Steel Tanks (40%), seasoned oak barrels (45%), new French oak (15%)

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Vineyard Notes

Five contrasting vineyard sources and three distinct fermentation vessels provide a breadth of nuanced lots that create layers of complexity once blending is complete. Slow, low-temperature fermentations with regular lees stirring develops complexity, texture and depth. The component wines are assembled in varying proportions to achieve a final blend that wires richness with vibrancy and a complex array of aromas and flavors.

Tasting Notes

Primary aromas of lemon and lime zest, orange blossom, Granny Smith apple and faint tropical notes are followed on the palate with a layered blend of limeade, cut hay, nectarine, pineapple and vanilla bean. Barrel fermentations and lees stirring create a range of textures and mid-palate creaminess, while the bright fruit expression and wet stone minerality serve as an energetic counterpoint to the richness and texture.

Other Vintages

2017 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc
2016 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc
2015 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc
2014 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc
2013 Hourglass Estate Sauvignon Blanc