We have been sourcing our Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Tom Gamble’s certified CCOF Organic Yountville vineyard site 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 neutral French oak 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
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 complemented 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. Citrus notes translate to the mouth. The delicate hint of warmth and the freshness from the bright acidity make a balanced wine with a pleasing middle and a long clean finish.
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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 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.