2018 Duckhorn Sauvignon Blanc 375 ml

Year: 2018
Appellation: Napa Valley
Country: USA-California
Wine Spectator: 86
Wine Advocate: 88
Connoisseurs' Guide: 86
Jeb Dunnuck: 87
Wine Enthusiast: 86
California Grapevine: 89
White Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%
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85% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Sémillon

"Fresh citrus and Asian pear flavors are clean and bright, set on a light frame. A touch of apricot emerges on the finish. Drink now. 45,700 cases made. -MW" (WS)

"The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc is a little youthfully closed to begin, revealing with coaxing fragrant lime blossom, yuzu and grapefruit scents plus hints of wet pebbles and mown grass. Medium-bodied, the palate has plenty of citrusy zest on offer with a racy backbone and chalky finish." (WA)

"Here is a slightly juicy, straightfoward Sauvignon Blanc that favors mildly melony fruit while holding grassiness at bay. It is on the full side yet has sufficient acidity to ward off any sensation of heaviness, and its distracting rise in slight last-minute bitterness that, although hard to miss if sipped on its own, becomes an entirely forgivable foible when brought to the dinner table as a partner to food. Reviewed: January 2020" (CG)

"Bright citrus, lemon curd, and some honeysuckle notes emerge from the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, which is medium-bodied, supple, and straightforward." (JD)

"Blended with 15% Sémillon, this is a large-production white that is earthy and sharply high-toned in grapefruit, guava and flint. Plenty of acidity boosts the midpalate of concentration and richness, finding balance in the end. -Virginie Boone" (WE)

"5. 2018 Duckhorn Vineyards, Napa Valley ($30) – Light yellow; attractive, moderately grassy, melon and stone fruit aroma with tropical notes and hints of gooseberry, honey- suckle, and lime zest; medium to medium-full body; herbal, fleshy, citrus and tropical fruit flavors with mineral notes and a slight creaminess in the silky mouthfeel; lingering aftertaste. Highly recommended. 13.5% alcohol; 45,700 cases; blended with 15% Semillon; released April 2019. (Group Score: 15.9, 0/1/1; My Score: 16.5 [89/100], fifth place)" (CGV)

Winery Notes:
At Duckhorn we have been making our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc since 1982. Harvested from our estates and select Napa Valley vineyards, this rich and elegant Sauvignon Blanc was blended with Sémillon to add depth and complexity. Fermented and aged using both stainless steel and French oak, it offers ripe citrus and tropical flavors, refreshing acidity and Sémillon-driven silkiness.

In the Vineyards:
For both red and white grapes, 2018 offered near picture-perfect growing conditions, with mild spring and summer weather, and no significant heat events. The conditions were ideal for both our Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc, which show beautiful tropical notes and ripe flavors at low sugars. While our Chardonnay harvest began about three weeks later than normal, the fruit arrived at the winery in pristine condition, producing dynamic and complex wines. The excellent growing conditions naturally resulted in a slightly larger than average crop for our red Bordeaux varieties, with fully lignified seeds at low sugars levels. With temperate weather throughout fall, we were able to pick each block at optimal ripeness, yielding exceptionally juicy and polished red wines, with plush, well-rounded tannins, and lovely overall structure.

Comments from the Winemaker:
This vibrant Sauvignon Blanc begins with enticing aromas of lemongrass, lychee, passionfruit, melon and pineapple, followed by hints of white nectarine and lime. On the juicy palate, a subtle viscosity is perfectly balanced by refreshing acidity that adds precision to the citrus and tropical fruit flavors, while driving the wine to a bright, zesty finish