2015 Sauvignon Blanc
Price $35.00, $28.00 (Phelps Preferred)
Blend and Grape Sources 100% estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc from our Home Ranch Vineyard in St. Helena.
Appellation St. Helena, Napa Valley
Harvest Dates August 10-13, 2015
Aging/Cooperage Seven months in 35% new French oak puncheons and 65% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons. The barrel coopers included Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage.
Winemaking Data Following early morning picking, grapes were held overnight in cold storage before pressing to barrel for native yeast fermentation. 2015 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 35% new French oak puncheons and 65% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons before bottling. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a richly layered, graceful wine with light oak influence.
Winemaker Notes The 2015 Sauvignon Blanc showcases fragrant lime blossom, stone fruit and orange peel with tangy green apple, sumptuous lemon curd and juicy white peach. An opulent, textured mouthfeel with racy acidity frame a brightly focused wine with pleasing minerality and a lingering finish.
Vintage Notes The 2015 Napa Valley growing season experienced dry, mild winter and spring temperatures similar to the prior three growing seasons. The Sauvignon Blanc bud break was 50% complete by mid-March followed by an early period of bloom. May temperatures were cool, but August, September and October were consistently warm, creating conditions for one of the earliest harvests on record. Small berries and loose clusters of high quality fruit led to intensely concentrated and floral characteristics in this vintage of Sauvignon Blanc.
93 Points & 2 Stars - Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine
Fresh, ripe and fairly complex on the nose with a temperate, but incisive streak of herbs and grass and a deft touch of oak working in consort with its ample, very continuous fruit, this lovely effort puts its cards face up on the table for all to see. ...Tt is an outgoing and wonderfully polished Sauvignon Blanc with immense immediate appeal, and it demonstrates the range and the layered interest that well-made examples of the variety are capable of achieving. (Jan. 2017 )