2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Price $40.00, $32.00 (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 10-19, 2016
Aging/Cooperage Seven months in 33% new French oak puncheons and 67% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons. The barrel coopers included Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage.
Winemaking Data Grapes are picked at dawn and held overnight in cold storage before pressing to barrel for native yeast fermentation. The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc was aged for seven months in 33% new and 67% one- to two-year-old French oak puncheons from coopers Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a sumptuously textured wine with subtle oak influence.
Winemaker Notes The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc has a fragrant bouquet of ripe lychee, lilac, rose petals, Honeycrisp apple, Meyer lemon peel and stone fruit. Fresh and focused with nicely balanced minerality, bright acidity, lemon crème and apricot.
Vintage Notes The 2016 Napa Valley growing season began with a warm, mild winter resulting in a very early Sauvignon Blanc bud break at the beginning of March. A normal period of bloom and veraison took place in early May and mid-July, respectively. As the growing season progressed and came to completion, the 2016 growing season was cooler compared to the previous three vintages, allowing for delicate aromas and flavors to develop slowly in the white varieties.
93 Points and Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
This is a consistently delicious wine, fermented in a combination of new and once-used French oak. Fully realized, it has a sublime texture and light body that’s balanced by long, lingering acidity. The fresh-fruit flavors show elements of orange, lime, lemon and peach. —V.B.