Sauvignon Blanc is a zesty expression, fermented in stainless without oak to show off fruit flavors led by citrusy lime and lemon, followed closely by hints of tropical aromas and flavors. Ripe pear and pineapple join the party, leading to a medium-weight wine with a lingering finish.
On the North Coast, the enduring memory of the Fall harvest will always be the wildfires that raced across Lake County, threatening northern Napa County. But Sauvignon Blanc was unaffected, since the real story of the growing season was one of the earliest harvests on record, featuring variability in crop size, with some grapes affected more than others. As the drought continued, an early bud-break in spring led to a protracted bloom and fruit set, followed by cool weather than extended deep into May. Heat was minimal through the summer, but fruit marched quickly to ripening, even as an early September sprinkle slowed the pace for just a moment. In the end, a slightly less abundant harvest than the immediately preceding years, but exceptional quality ruled the day, particularly for early ripeners like our Sauvignon Blanc.