||Napa Valley-Spring Mountain District|
||La Perla (elevation 1100')|
Miravalle (elevation 400' to 700')
||Sauvignon Blanc 82%; Semillon 18%|
||Neutral French Oak, Sur Lie Batonnage|
Retail Price: $40.00
Wine Club Price: $32.00
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Tasting Notes from Winemaker Jac Cole
The aromas are perfumed with white peach, tropical fruit and orange blossom. Flinty 'wet stone' minerality is evident in the nose and on the palate. The wine is full-bodied and lush in the mouth and finishes with notes of honeydew melon and citrus. As the SMV estate sauvignon blanc vineyards mature, the wines are expressing more minerality.
Spring Mountain Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Since 1993, our estate grown Sauvignon Blanc has been styled along the lines of a fine white Bordeaux. The grapes are whole cluster pressed and the juice is cold settled overnight. It is then moved to neutral French oak barrels where fermentation is completed. The wine is kept sur lie for 6 months with weekly stirring. This marries the wine's bright flavors and acidity with the rich yeasty, toasty elements provided by barrel contact. Batonnage and extended sur lie aging create a texture that weaves layers of fruit and vanilla into a rich and complete wine.
Rich concentration in 2009 sauvignon blanc is notable, especially the layers of intense tropical fruit evident in the wine. This is in part due to three consecutive years of low rainfall. Yields in 2009 were less than 1 ton per acre, resulting in fewer cases of sauvignon blanc than normal.
Spring Mountain Vineyard
Spring Mountain Vineyard is an 850-acre estate on the eastern slopes of Spring Mountain. Over 225 acres of the estate are planted to vine, representing 135 distinct hillside vineyard blocks with many soil types, exposures, and microclimates. Originally four individual 19th century Napa Valley vineyards, Miravalle, Alba, Chevalier and La Perla are now one vineyard producing exclusively estate grown wines. A substantial portion of the vineyard is planted in densities of over 4,000 vines per acre. Because of the diverse and challenging terrain, the vines are trained to the ancient gobelet form, a vertical training method invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans. Growing primarily Bordeaux grape varieties, the vineyard yields distinctive mountain wines that consistently display concentration, elegance and longevity. The quintessential wine from the estate is Elivette.