Our Sauvignon Blanc is well known for its fresh acidity, and complex fruit driven flavors. First in the barn for 2017 was, as usual, our few rows of Sauvignon Blanc from the organically farmed Gamble Vineyard in Yountville. Always a blissfully optimistic time of the vintage, it was even more so in retrospect because of the 2017 rollercoaster to come. The memory of the water-stressed years, an odd spring hailstorm, and smattering of 100F+ days had yielded to a welcome string of cooler, more moderate days with a thick marine layer lasting through mid-morning. The rewards of this sweet relief are reflected in the glass. After all, allowing time for flavor development and the retention of acid is the name of the game for Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. 2017 delivered.
The organically farmed Gamble Family Vineyard is nestled just to the east of the Yountmill Hill and our grapes are grown in shallow soils with loads of river rocks and gravel deposited by the meandering Napa River over the last few thousand years. Sauvignon Blanc, usually a highly productive variety, in these conditions and with meticulous farming have extremely low yields, delivering complexity and concentration year after year.
Gamble's Sauvignon Blanc is always the first in the barn for us. In fact, it would be almost a full month before we brought our next grapes to the winery. Late spring rains helped recharge the soil profile giving a strong start to the season and mild temperatures in August 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
Vintage 2017Harvest Date: August 18, 2017
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