This Sauvignon Blanc Captures the personality of our Wildwood Estate Eineyard, located on the east side of the Rutherford AVA, along the Silverado Trail. Our Wildwood estate bottling shows the most citrus expression of our three Sauvignon Blanc wines. The majority of the wine was fermented and aged in Stainless Steel barrels and the rest in new French barrels for oak-spice complexity.
Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging: 5 months, 77% Stainless Steel Barrels, 23% New French Oak
Production: 365 cases
“This is a more aromatic style of sauvignon blanc with lavender and heather character highlighting the dried apple and lemon flavors. Medium to full body, bright acidity and a tangy finish. Drink now. Screw cap.” - James Suckling, November 2017
"The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc Wildwood Vineyard is scented of fresh pineapple and passion fruit with hints of yuzu zest and baker’s yeast. Medium-bodied, it is generously fruited with loads of tropical flavors on offer and a lively backbone injecting vitality in the long finish." - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, October 2017
With a lively display of citrus, tropical passion fruit and ripe pear, the 2016 Wildwood Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc captures the personality of this vineyard. In the glass, more subtle nuances of lemon verbena, minerals and toasted almond are revealed. The notably silky texture on the palate, which comes from the vineyard as well as from yeast contact, distinguishes this wine. Subtle hints of toasted oak spice from new oak barrels heighten the aromas and linger on the finish.
Our Wildwood Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc vines, rooted in alluvial soils derived from volcanic and sedimentary rock on the east-side of Napa Valley along the Silverado Trail, yield a strikingly different wine than our Rutherford Estate Sauvignon Blanc vines, which are planted in west-side alluvial soils. The Wildwood vines produce wine with such unique flavors that we believe it merits a special bottling.
While Napa Valley received about two-thirds of normal rainfall, the effect of the three previous years of drought resulted in smaller clusters and grapes. The small crop and high skin-to- juice ratio gave the wine excellent concentration. Waves of warmer and cooler temperatures typified the vintage, however overall temperate weather made for a relatively easy growing season. Ideal temperatures during flowering in May provided for better fruit-set than in 2015. Although yields were still slightly below average, quality was fabulously high.
We hand-harvested the grapes in the early morning and then gently pressed the whole clusters as soon as they arrived at the winery. We fermented 77 percent in stainless steel tanks to emphasize fruitiness, with the balance in new French oak barrels for complexity. Both portions were then aged on the yeast lees (sur lie) for five months, with frequent stirring, to enhance the wine’s silky, creamy texture.