Sauvignon Blanc 1155 Napa Valley 2018
About this Wine
On the nose: Lemon, lychee, boxwoods, honey, lavender, bay leaves, orange peel, pears, pineapples, white chocolate, powdered sugar
On the palate: Fresh entrance with bright acidity, evolving on a balanced palate between acidity and roundness with notes of blood orange, starfruit, Meyer lemon pie, pomelo, ginger root, crème brûlée, hints of clay, strawberry, peach, coffee grinds, ending on subtle metallic note
Blend: 97% Sauvignon Blanc, 3% Sémillon
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermented
Aging: 16 months, 97% French oak; 3% acacia; 30% new, sur lies fine
Dubbed a “Winemaker’s Dream Vintage” the 2018 growing season in Napa saw cooler than average temperatures throughout Spring and Summer. With saturated grounds from winter rains, vines coming out of dormancy had plenty of water supply for healthy bud-breaks, which with the exception of a slightly delayed Sauvignon Blanc, occurred on time in late March through early April. Precipitation of 0.6” in April had no impact on vines and another 0.3” in early May did not negatively affect bloom. On the contrary – it probably resulted in higher yields as cluster sizes in general came in larger than average. We think 2018 is superior and will be THE best vintage for Napa Valley ever.