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2004 Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Napa Valley


  Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes came from three vineyards in the Napa Valley. These vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford include small blocks of Semillon and Muscadelle d' Bordelaise. The vineyards were planted from the 1960's to the 1990's. The grapes hang on the vine until they reach a golden ripeness and are full of tropical melon flavors. They are then hand picked and brought to the winery.

Winemaking
Most of the grapes are gently whole cluster pressed using the most gentle of pressing techniques to maximize our intense fruit flavors. Approximately one quarter of the grapes are destemmed, crushed and kept in contact with the skins overnight before pressing off the juice, this enriches mouth feel. Most lots were inoculated with one of several yeast strains; some lots went through uninoculated fermentations. This wine underwent malolactic fermentation. The yeast lees were stirred daily, then weekly, bi-weekly and monthly, and the wine was racked from barrel just prior to bottling. The Reserve is the result of a barrel-by-barrel selection of the richest, most complex lots, the highest expression of the vintage.

Tasting Notes
Gorgeous nose of boxwood, pear, guava, lime, melon, kiwi, honeysuckle, vanilla wafer, and a touch of honey. On the mouth, beautifully balanced crisp fruit flavors that are sweetened with vanilla and subtle smoky oak notes coupled with delicate sur lees induced brie cheese and a wonderful flintiness. Supple, layered, plush and clean.

Alcohol content, 14.8% by volume
3,400 cases produced