2009 Joseph Phelps Sauvignon Blanc St. Helena

Year: 2009
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
Wine Spectator: 90
White Wine
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"Smoky notes mingle with lemon curd, tangerine, peach and guava flavors in this extremely aromatic wine, which has a smooth texture, ripe flavors, nice acidity and a crisp finish. Drink now. 2,000 cases made." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Blend and Grape Sources:
100% estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc from our Spring Valley Ranch outside of St. Helena.

Harvest Dates:
August 24 to September 1, 2009.

Winemaker Notes:
Grapes were harvested at an average 21.8° Brix, then barrel fermented with native yeast and aged for nine months in new French oak puncheons (16%), and one- to two-year-old French oak barrels and puncheons(84%). Coopers were Dargaud Jaegle, Billon, Damy and Ermitage. The lees were stirred both during and after alcoholic fermentation and the wine was bottled in June, 2010.

Vintage Notes:
The 2009 Sauvignon Blanc growing season began with budbreak during the first week of April and veraison the third week of July, which was similar to the 2008 growing season. The 2009 season was cool overall compared to the previous nine years, allowing the Sauvignon Blanc to develop perfectly. The three separate blocks on the home ranch were harvested toward the end of August, and the cool growing season flawlessly captured the fruit and floral aromatics and focused acidity. Aromas of lemon curd, white flowers, honeydew, allspice and notes of wet stone are followed by a balanced palate with fresh acidity and length.