2018 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Now available for pre-order to be shipped on Monday, June 24th.
After ten vintages of Sauvignon Blanc, it’s amazing what this wine has become. From humble beginnings as a specialty bottling shared with family and friends, the word is out that this wonderfully pure expression really delivers. Grown adjacent to our Chardonnay in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, in a single vineyard block composed of heritage clones and new selections, the diversity of flavors and textures originating from such a small planting is remarkable if not outstanding. New ideas along with traditional Montelena techniques in the cellar, not to mention a healthy infusion of Semillon, have elevated this Sauvignon Blanc to a highly sought-after gem, a favorite for those in the know.
Nose Ripe peach, guava, and honeydew dominate an incredibly effusive harmony of tropical aromas. Some of the more classic Sauvignon notes of boxwood and fresh cut grass are also present but in a sporadic, dynamic fashion that leads to a wonderful new experience with each swirl of the glass.
Palate Both lively and supple, this wine shows its youthful exuberance in fresh citrus and buoyant acidity. Hidden beneath, hints of hazelnut and toast, from sur lees ageing, gradually work their way to the forefront. These two worlds will harmonize over time in the form of a textural richness that’s almost creamy but seems to lend more sweetness at this stage.
Finish With excellent breadth and depth, the Semillon really shines here. Tropical fruit transitions to honey and fig with a touch of ginger and plenty of lime.
2018 was a classic Napa Valley vintage in every sense of the word. Plentiful winter rains recharged the soil prior to a warm, mild spring that drove healthy vine growth into June. The summer was remarkable for its consistency with few heat extremes but plenty of sunshine. Harvest was slow and steady, perfect for methodical, even ripening.