2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Price $45.00, $36.00 (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 22 - September 6, 2018
Aging/Cooperage Seven months in 30% new and 70% once used French oak puncheons.
Winemaking Data The grapes were picked in the cool pre-dawn hours of the morning and pressed to barrel for native yeast fermentation. The wine was aged for seven months in 30% new and 70% once used French oak puncheons from coopers Dargaud Jaegle, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred during and after fermentation resulting in a texturally layered wine with light oak influence.
Winemaker Notes The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc possesses heady aromatics of white flower, honeysuckle and hints of ripe honeydew melon. Fresh and focused with bright minerality and lingering notes of Granny Smith apple, lime and candied lemon peel.
Vintage Notes The 2018 growing season in Napa Valley was marked by cool, mild weather. The cooler than normal spring delayed budbreak, bloom and veraison by two weeks compared to the previous five years. The mild weather patterns in August and September allowed for excellent overall phenological ripening and development of a complex aroma and flavor profile.
94 Points, Editors' Choice - Wine Enthusiast
This is outstanding white wine, entirely varietal and estate, aged in both new and old puncheons. Matchstick, flint and rounded acidity boost a mid-palate of structure and complexity highlighted in white flower, lemon zest and Asian pear. Editors’ Choice. -VB, (Dec. 2019)
93 Points - Wine Spectator
Succulent, with ripe peach and apricot flavors and details of marmalade, set on a smooth, lush frame. Spice and floral details, as well as a whiff of honeysuckle and nutmeg, glide along on the long, expressive and freshly juicy finish. -MW (Sept. 2018)