Sauvignon Blanc is the white wine from the Eisele Vineyard. The parcels are located on the Eastern side of the property, where the hills provide ideal protection from the afternoon sun, preserving the freshness and energy of this wine. The blending of two Sauvignon Blanc clones: Sauvignon Musque with its slightly exotic flavors, and Sauvignon Blanc with a lean, gravely structure, produces a wine of great pleasure that speaks of the long warm summers and the dry cobbly soils. Starting with the 2013 vintage, extended elevage on the lees has added tension and aromatic complexity to this unique wine.
While winter rainfall in Napa Valley was half the normal amount, heavy rains in March deeply soaked the Eisele Vineyard soils immediately before emergence of the first shoots, stimulating humification and healthy vine growth. Warm weather without frosts led to one of the earliest bud breaks on record. Bloom was two weeks earlier than in 2013, and fast, homogenous flowering ensured good fruit set. Mild July weather allowed slow ripening of the grapes, which progressed rapidly during August heat to early, complete maturity. Harvest started August 18th and the last parcel of Sauvignon Blanc was picked on August 28th. The fruit was fresh and very aromatic, with bright acidity.
The grapes are certified ‘Organic’ by California Certified Organic Farmers and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter.
The wines were aged on their lees for 12 months, in a combination of stainless steel (30%), concrete eggs (25%), used oak (30%) and new oak (15%).
Nose is shy at first with a whiff of flint stone, then it opens up to a perfume of bright white musk giving place to grapefruit and passion fruit notes, with a twist of basil leaf. The mouthfeel is round, savory with flavors of candied citrus and coriander accompanied by a hint of vanilla lingering in a crisp and mineral finish.
68% Sauvignon Blanc Musque 32% Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Production & Technical Data
585 cases made
Alcohol: 14.3% Release date: March 9, 2016