Our Alpha Mare white wine is a wine born out of a love of white Bordeaux. Certainly this wine is its’ own and intrinsically Napa, but the inspiration and the push to make this wine came from our partner who has a passion for the beautiful freshness and complexity of the white wines of Bordeaux.
For this wine we sought a cooler site for our Sauvignon Blanc grapes. We found a blend of clones; Church and Musque at a vineyard site in Coombsville. We’d been working with the red grapes on this site since it came into production many years earlier, and we were ecstatic when the Sauvignon Blanc became available.
This Alpha Mare Napa Valley White Wine is a study of breadth and focus. Aromatically complex with layers of fresh and dried herbs, ripe peach and apricot, fresh florals and a subtle flintiness. Expansive yet lively on the palate complementary characters of supple warmth sit comfortably alongside bright focused fruit. A refined flintiness reappears weaving into a savory and graceful finish.
With a long slow fermentation in a carefully selected light toast barrel and an additional full year of age, this wine brings together the lovely freshness and lightness of Sauvignon Blanc and the depth and complexity which a bit of age and patience will bring.
The 2016 vintage is the inaugural vintage for this wine and it is the last of Napa’s recent drought years. Luckily, late spring rains helped recharge the soil profile giving a strong start to the season. The early season started off well with no frosts or huge temperature spikes. After the cool spring of 2015 this uneventful spring was welcome. Mild temperatures continued into August and allowed for outstanding flavor development and retention of acid. 2016’s moderate yields and ideal temperatures are apparent with the expressive fruit flavors and freshness showing in the glass.
Bottling Date: March 16, 2018
Release Date: November 1, 2018
Total Acidity: 6.77 g/L
Time in Oak: 18 months
Type of Oak: 100% French Oak, 75% New
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