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2005 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

BLEND
85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Semillon

VINEYARDS
100% Juliana Vineyards

APPELLATION
Napa Valley

WINEMAKING

  • Whole-cluster pressed
  • 100% fermented in French oak barrels
  • No malolactic fermentation
  • No lees stirring

BARREL AGING
3 ½ months in French oak barrels from Burgundian coopers, 20% new

ALCOHOL
13.5% by volume

RELEASE DATE
April, 2006

BOTTLING DATE
February, 2006

PRODUCTION
1,250 cases

CELLARING
Enjoy now through 2008.

WINEMAKER'S NOTES
The 2005 harvest was nearly three weeks later than in 2004, with a crop size a little bigger than normal. This bottling from Juliana Vineyards in the Pope Valley region of the Napa Valley has more Semillon than in recent years, to temper the high acidity of the Sauvignon Blanc lots that are the core of the wine. We also used a little more new French oak barrels than in past years to add more toasty, spicy notes to the wine.