2016 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc is a comprised blend of three Sauvignon Blanc clones: Clone #1, Liparita and Sauvignon Musque. These three clones offer unique differences in style all with inherent varietal distinction. The exceptional 2016 growing season offered an abundance of sunshine from start to finish, producing wines with great freshness, high concentration of flavor and intense fruit expression.
The Sauvignon Blanc grapes were harvested in the cool hours of the night then whole cluster pressed to preserve the delicate fruit aromas. The juice was cold settled for 24 hours in tank then transferred to Stainless Steel and French oak barrels to undergo fermentation. The juice was fermented cool, aged sur-lies in stainless steel (76%) and French oak barrels (9% new, 16% neutral) for 6 months and stirred routinely to create a long, rich and complex palate with striking varietal character.
The 2016 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc expresses intense tropical and citrus aromas of fresh mango, guava and melon with heightened notes of grapefruit and citrus zest. The flavorful palate reveals a unique tropical influence and pronounced mineral core that culminates to a quenching and refreshing finish.