Sauvignon Blanc 1155 Napa Valley 2008
About This Wine
On the nose: Explosion of cassis flowers, mangoes, pineapples balanced with a sharp minerality of granite rock, with hints of caramels, vanilla, apricot ice cream
On the palate: Fresh entrance with citrus, pear, white peach lingering on green apple, tangerine
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Fermentation: 100% barrel fermentation
In 2008 California faced one of its most dramatic growing seasons in years; with the worst frost in 30 years, heat waves, wildfire smoke and early rain. Warm temperatures, combined with the low yields due to frost, created great concentration.
In retrospect, 2008 ended up being an exceptional year for quality, but the year will not be remembered for abundance. To make a long story longer, if you didn't get hit by frost in April, heat during bloom in May, or dehydration due to heat in August, it was a lovely growing season.
The juice had high sugar, high acid and beautiful concentration. The 2008 Sauvignon Blanc is an amazing vintage because we had a mild summer that kept the acidity quite high and allowed us to protect the great finesse of the varietal.