2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Lizzy's Vineyard
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7 months in stainless steel and acacia wood
To maintain this particular varietal’s energy and craft a clean, pure Sauvignon Blanc, we night-picked this fruit and pressed it whole cluster while the fruit was still cold. After one night settling in a stainless-steel fermentation tank, we barreled the wine down into a mix of neutral French oak (65%) and new Acacia barrels (5%), with the remaining 30% aging in stainless steel. The result is a perfect warm-weather wine.
“Lizzy’s Vineyard” sits on the Oakville Cross Road, just east of the Napa River Bridge. It shares its portion of the Napa River with Opus One, its neighbor to the west. The soils of this 100-acre parcel mirror quite closely the clay–rich soils of Pomerol, making Merlot the first/best choice for the site. However, over the years, pockets more suitable to the planting of Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc have been identified.
Winemaker Andy Jones uses a unique aging and barrel program for this wine, aging a percentage of the wine for six months in neutral oak and acacia wood barrels and the rest in stainless steel. The use of acacia wood barrels respects the elegance of the Sauvignon Blanc fruit, and it brings a unique character feeling and texture to the palate.