Vineyard Notes: Shifflett Ranch in west foothills of Oak Knoll, musqué clone, family owned vineyard since 1940’s, bale clay loam soil, neighbors include Dominus and Trefethen.
The 2020 growing season saw a mild summer with few heat events, which helped retain both the acidity and the tropical notes on this barrel fermented Sauvignon Blanc. Eight months in oak with 20% new oak and 20% malolactic fermentation combine the varietal styles from France, New Zealand, and California. The Musqué clone provides incredible aromatics immediately with a tropical nose of ripe pineapple, guava, and lemon merengue pie. A round entry of peach pit, jasmine, and citrus highlight a racy acidity that carries to the back of the palate. This wine exhibits a texture and weight rarely found in Sauvignon Blanc, with a finish of honeysuckle, beeswax, and lime zest. Balanced with a rich mouthfeel and layers that keep unfolding, this is a complex white wine suitable for aging and tailored for both collectors and red wine fans.
100% Sauvignon Blanc, Shifflett Ranch, Napa