2009 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11% Semillon
- Whole cluster pressed
- 100% barrel fermented
- No malolactic fermentation
4 months in French oak (10% new)
14.2% by volume
Enjoy now through 2011.
A blend of 89% Sauvignon Blanc and 11% Semillon from the Juliana Vineyards in Pope Valley, this wine is 100% barrel fermented in 10% new oak and aged sur lie for about four months. Yeast was used that helped bring out aromatic expressions.
For most of the 2009 harvest in Napa Valley, things went smoothly. Early-ripening whites—Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc—and reds, namely Carneros Pinot Noir, were picked at optimal ripening levels, capping a summer of mild, steady weather. Cabernet Sauvignon enjoyed the same ideal growing conditions until October, when a pair of strong storms dumped enough rain to worry growers. Wineries that waited out the deluge faced a mixed bag, but those who picked before the storms, including us, are very excited about the young wines’ overall quality and ripeness at slightly lower alcohol levels.
The finished wine has expressive notes of lemon, lime, honeydew melon, alyssum flower, orange blossom, honeysuckle white peach and vanilla bean. The mouthfeel is bold with a round mid-palate that leads to a lengthy finish of minerality and crisp citrus. Our favorite parings with this supple Sauvignon Blanc are mussels in a garlic-herb and white wine broth, or Bouillabaisse.