Harvest Date: August 18, 2017 at 22.5 Brix
Bottling Date: March 9, 2018
Release Date: May 2, 2020
Total Acidity: 7..2 g/L
Time in Oak: 6.5 months
Type of Oak: 100% French Oak, 14% New
Blend:100% Sauvignon Blanc
100% Gamble Vineyard
First in the barn for 2017 was, as usual for us, our block of Sauvignon Blanc at Gamble Vineyard. Always a blissfully optimistic time of the vintage it was even more so in retrospect because of the 2017 rollercoaster to come in two months’ time. The memory of the water stressed years recent drought, an odd spring hailstorm and smattering of 100F+ days had yielded to a welcome string of cooler more moderate days with a nice marine layer lasting through mid-morning. Sweet relief with the rewards reflected in the glass. Afterall, pacing flavor development and the retention of acid is the name of the game in Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc game.
Summer in a glass. This wine leads with meyer lemon and the aromas you experience in a warm kitchen herb garden. Pink grapefruit, kiwi and lychee round out a tropical center complimented by warm tones of shortbread, bee propolis and ginger root. In the mouth, this wine is fresh, bright and clean with a generosity of body and viscosity. Citrus notes translate to the mouth and the balance experience from the delicate hint of warmth due to the low alcohol and the freshness from the bright acidity make a balanced wine with a pleasing middle and a long clean finish.
2017 marks our 8th vintage working with this wonderful fruit from Gamble’s Certified Organic Vineyard. Our Clone 22 Sauvignon Blanc grapes grow in rocky, well-drained soils resulting in an energetic and flavorful wine.