Sauvignon Blanc 1155 Napa Valley 1.5L 2011
About This Wine
On the nose: Good minerality, wet rocks, touches of pears, quince, honey, vanilla, cherry blossoms, bananas, bubble gum, grass, chamomile
On the palate: Soft mineral entrance evolving on bright acidity with a touch of pencil shaving, gun powder, lingering on pear, orange, grapefruit, hint of hazelnut
Blend: 94% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Semillon
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermentation
Aging:16 months, 97% French oak, 3% Acacia, 30% new; sur lies fine
Napa Valley faced myriad challenges in 2011. A cool and wet spring delayed the growing season and also created major shatter but it allowed the vine to concentrate its effort into the remaining clusters and give them intense flavors. Summer temperatures rarely rose above 90°F. By the beginning of September, the season was weeks behind the norm but it really helped the balance between acidity and ripeness, protecting the acidity from being burned.
In early October, with the forecast calling for significant rain, growers faced a choice: Pick before the rain and settle for less than optimum ripening or hope the grapes would weather the storm. Here at AO we have decided to pick the vineyards that were not well drained before the rain and the ones that were after. That gave us a diversity of ripeness and profile that truly helped us reach a deep and complex profile.