2018 Mary's Vineyard, Sauvignon Blanc
August 27-September 4, 2018
This sustainably farmed estate vineyard sits on 17-acres in the Calistoga AVA and has balanced vines, moderately fertile soils, and excellent sun exposure— ideal conditions to grow Sauvignon Blanc with a vibrant character. About half of the 2018 vintage is pulled from the newer planting of Musqué Clone, adding complexity to the final blend.
The 2018 vintage was one for the books. Abundant rains early on after the new year bundled with plenty of sunshine in the spring and early summer presented ideal conditions for these Sauvignon Blanc grapes. Bud break occurred slightly later than last year, though under favorable weather conditions, resulted in even fruit set. A mild summer enabled for longer hang time leading up to harvest, closing out the coolest growing season Napa Valley has seen since 2012.
“Mary’s Vineyard is a warm site to grow aromatic white wines and I am consistently pleased with the balance of ripe tropical fruit and bright acidity in the grapes. This wine underwent a long, cold fermentation in stainless steel tanks. 50% of the blend was aged without lees contact while the other half was on the lees for 3 months and stirred twice per week. This is unmistakably Sauvignon Blanc with aromas of lemongrass, zesty grapefruit, crisp honeydew melon, and fresh citrus. More Sancerre in style, this wine has light to medium body, balanced with great minerality and a crisp, viscous, well-balanced finish.” —Mario Monticelli