2011 Hartwell Sauvignon Blanc Estate

Year: 2011
Appellation: Carneros District, Napa Valley
Country: USA - California
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.1%
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Winery Notes:
We are proud to present Hartwell Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc from our estate vineyard in Carneros. Our vineyard, in Napa Valley’s cool southernmost appellation, is just one mile from San Francisco/San Pablo Bay. Three distinct clones of Sauvignon Blanc provide individual characteristics in this layered, complex wine. Grapes are carefully sorted to eliminate imperfections and then gently whole-cluster pressed. The resulting juice is clean and intense, with rich flavor and mouthwatering acidity.

The wine was fermented in 60% small stainless steel barrels and 40% French oak château barrels (25% new oak). The small stainless barrels bring a vibrant acidity to the wine and protect the lively varietal character. The wine's bright aromatics include notes of mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and vanilla while the creamy mouth feel is balanced by mouthwatering acidity.

Aged on the lees for eight months and stirred frequently, some barrels have accomplished the malolatic fermentation to give more complexity to the blend. This Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be enjoyed now, while some time in the bottle will enhance the wine’s delicious mineral characteristics.