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Red Mare Wines

2016 Sauvignon Blanc

2016 Sauvignon Blanc

We have been sourcing our Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Tom Gamble’s certified CCOF Organic Yountville vineyard since 2010.  It has been a vineyard-designated wine since day one.  Tom farms to exacting standards; this site yields a very low crop level, resulting in intensity and concentration. We are fortunate to be able to source Clone 22 Sauvignon Blanc.  It is an unusual clone, which gives lovely complexity in the mouth as well as classic clean aromas.

Our block of Sauvignon Blanc is full of big, round river stones and gravel sediment deposited by the Napa River over the last few thousand years.  These stones provide excellent drainage, which helps control the vigor of the vine, allowing the vine to put energy into its grapes, rather than its leaves.  It is this same type of gravel terroir that gives the old world “grave style” Sauvignon Blanc and Sauterne of Bordeaux their exceptionally bright character and remarkable staying power.

Hand-sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed we let the juice settle for a day before putting it into neutral French oak barrels.  The juice will ferment in these barrels and remain there until bottling. Our Sauvignon Blanc is celebrated for its tropical fruit, bright acidity, and voluminous texture resulting from the barrel fermentation

Tasting Notes:

"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Gamble Vineyard is scented of lime juice and grapefruit plus wild thyme and chalk notes. Medium-bodied, very crisp, youthful and pure, it finishes long and citrusy." Lisa Perotti Brown, The Wine Advocate

"Lemon-lime, kiwifruit and green apple flavors are juicy and transparent, with a light body and long finish." - MaryAnn Worobiec, The Wine Spectator

"From a vineyard in Yountville, the 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Gamble Vineyard was barrel fermented and aged 7 months prior to bottling. It offers vibrant, tart notes of pineapple and peach in a medium-bodied, crisp, clean, nicely balanced package." Jeb Dunnuck

Vintage Notes:

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

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April 2019 Review Thomas Hayland/Forbes Magazine Wine Writer "EXCELLENT"
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