There are almost no Pinot Blanc vineyards left in Napa Valley. The one exception is the Block House Vineyard located just north of the town of Yountville. The vineyard is bordered by the Napa River on the East and the Yountville Hills on the West. There are only 6 rows of vines in the middle of a 600-acre vineyard and we receive the grapes from 2 of those rows. The vines have been farmed organic since 1985.
The location of the vines allows the grapes to enjoy both warm days on the Valley floor, and cool nights by the Napa River, resulting in flavorful and elegant wines with great acidity.
The grapes were harvested at a relatively low Brix of 21.0 which allows just the right amount of flavor development for stone fruit aromas and still have bright, crisp acidity to pair well with food. The grapes were whole-cluster pressed and allowed to settle for 2 days before being barreled down to stainless steel barrels for fermentation. Using stainless steel allows the wine to retain its subtle aromas and elegant fruit flavors. The resulting wine has fresh, bright fruit acidity with delicate and lovely aromas.
This wine has a pale-yellow straw color. On the nose, it has a fragrant bouquet of yellow apples, Asian pear and floral citrus blossoms. The mouth of this wine is balanced well by stone fruit and acidity leading with flavors of fresh white peaches and lemon zest with a long yet delicate finish. This is the perfect refreshing summer wine to serve chilled on its own or alongside a light white fish with a lemon caper sauce.
100% Pinot Blanc from the Blockhouse Vineyard
Harvest date: September 3, 2019
Bottling date: March 18, 2020
Bottle size: 750 mL
Titratable Acidity: 5.43 g/L
Residual sugar: .1 g/L