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Sauvignon Blanc Reserve, Napa Valley


  Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes came from five vineyard blocks in the Napa Valley. These vineyards in Oakville and Rutherford include small blocks of Semillon and a unique clone of Sauvignon Blanc called Muscadelle de Bordelaise. The vineyards were planted from the 1960ís to the 1990ís. The grapes hang on the vine until they reach a golden ripeness and are full of tropical melon flavors, then they are 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 1/4 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
Layered aromatics and flavors of pear, honeydew melon, peach, kiwi and some characteristic box wood. Barrel fermentation provides some creaminess but only a touch of vanilla oak on the after taste. Complex and layered, yet supple and plush with some firm acid. An easy wine to love with food or just friends.

Alcohol content, 14.5% by volume
3,400 cases produced

Wine Enthusiast

"This is a wonderfully complex wine that marches to the beat of a different drum. Itís got unusual but fragrant aromas of hyacinth and guava in addition to the standard citrus notes, and is rich and creamy in the mouth. The flavors are citrusy, nutty and bone-dry. Itís pretty much as fancy as Sauvignon Blanc gets in California." 90 score.

Robert M. Parker, Jr.'s The Wine Advocate

"It would be hard to find a better Sauvignon Blanc than Artesa's...one of the most exciting California Sauvignon Blancs I have tasted in several years." 90 score.

Wine Today.com

"A powerful, exotic wine that performs a great balancing act between oak and fruit... cantaloupe, floral, spicy, vanilla aromas; lees complexity, mineral, orange blossom, peach flavors."

Denver Post

"Hefty for a sauvignon (something like James' giant peach), with strongly accented grapefruit and citrus notes; so clean and crisp it could scrape the palate of roast whale blubber."

Wine Spectator

"Smooth, rich and elegant, with smoky pear, fig, melon and citrus flavors, it's tightly focused, long and complex." James Laube's Top Scoring Sauvignon Blancs from California.

Dallas Morning News

"Like some of the better wines of Franceís Loire Valley, it is rich, with great structure, crisp and citrusy in flavor but creamy."

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