"Grassy green herbal notes are fresh and juicy, with a whiff of white pepper, lemon and lime flavors, and a peppery finish. Drink now. 3,500 cases made. –MW" (WS)
"GOOD VALUE, Reminiscent of the New Zealand style, but with its own California twist of a more melony fruitiness in exchange for lessened levels of the Kiwi gooseberry pungency, this wine does successfully find brisk, firming acidity in its construction and reduced reliance on ripeness for its central character. That it lies outside of the norm but is wholly likeable makes it extremely inviting in our view, and we endorse it for tangy seafood dishes ranging from fresh, briny bivalves to pan-grilled trout now and over the next few years. Reviewed: September 2016" (CG)
Sourced exclusively from a single, organic vineyard in Yountville, Napa Valley, our Sauvignon Blanc grapes are harvested early in the ripening season for more vibrancy and lower alcohol.
We are family-owned Sauvignon Blanc specialists, with over 20 years experience producing Sauvignon Blanc in Napa Valley and many more decades in Australia and New Zealand. We share our name with an explorer, and his thirst for discovery is our daily inspiration.
WINEMAKING / VITICULTURE:
Fruit from the 2015 vintage was picked over two early mornings in mid-August, then crushed and left to skin contact for 24 hours before being pressed off into four different lots. Three stainless steel fermenters were used to create the vibrant backbone of the wine, while the fourth smaller batch (10% of the total volume) was fermented in barrel to enhance mouth feel and texture.
The 2015 vintage is notable for high quality but low yields. Continuing drought conditions in California and unseasonably warm temperatures in late winter/early spring resulted in an early bud break and bloom, while a cool spell in May caused uneven fruit set, and therefore a much smaller crop than preceding years. The vineyard, planted in Yountville in 1978 and certified organic in 1986, consistently produces some of the best fruit in the region.
The wine exhibits classic varietal characteristics of lemon and grapefruit on the nose, while vivid tropical fruits flood the palate. The finish is delightfully crisp and lingering. Serve well chilled.