||Napa Valley-Spring Mountain District|
||La Perla (elevation 1100') Miravalle (elevation 400' to 700') |
||Sauvignon Blanc 84%; Semillon 16% |
||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
January 2012. Enticing aromas of white peach, kiwi and lime with overtones of linden and vanilla combine with floral notes of honeysuckle and lychee to provide a mouth-watering introduction to the wine. A rich and full-bodied entry delivers white peach and citrus with hints of nectarine freshened by crisp acidity. The finish is long and lush, echoing both fruit and floral notes.
The 2010 vintage was cooler and later than normal, which gave our sauvignon blanc and semillon time on the vine to develop a full spectrum of optimal flavors without over-ripeness. Signature Spring Mountain acidity gives the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc lovely structure and balance.
Spring Mountain Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Since 1993, our estate grown Sauvignon Blanc has been styled along the lines of 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 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.
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 trellising method invented in an earlier millennium by the Romans. Growing primarily Bordeaux grape varieties, the vineyard yields distinctive mountain wines of concentration, elegance and longevity. The ultimate viticultural and artistic expression of the vineyard is Elivette.