Vintage 2018
Wine Type White
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Region Carneros
Winemaker Trevor Durling
The 2018 vintage is a distinctively Napa style Sauvignon Blanc, is zesty and pairs well citrus-drizzled seafood salads, grilled chicken, goat cheeses, and lighter entrees. 

Tasting Notes

The 2018 Maestro Collection Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc is a classic expression of Napa Sauvignon Blanc, offering aromatically intriguing aromas of fresh citrus and lemon meringue, alongside more tropical Rutherford notes of white peach, lychee and perfumed honeysuckle, jasmine and spiced white pepper. On the palate, the wine is fresh and lively, showing flavors of Meyer lemon, ripe white peach, and Crème de citron. The overall rich and round texture and mouthfeel of this wine is balanced by a crisp core of bright acidity that is pure and refreshing, leading to the lengthy finish.

Vineyard Notes

This Sauvignon Blanc shows a true sense of place, coming from outstanding sites in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA), with the majority from our own estate vineyards on the Eastern Rutherford bench. Rutherford, which is located in the heart of Napa Valley, has the perfect climate and soils that are ideal for Sauvignon Blanc. Each block was picked at its peak maturity and fermented separately to increase the complexity of the wine. Sauvignon Blanc grown in Rutherford creates a wine that is rich and round with tropical fruit undertones.

Winemaking Notes

After hand harvesting and gently pressing the clusters, the juice was fermented with specifically selected yeast to enhance the wine’s intense fruit expression. Malolactic fermentation was blocked to preserve the pure fruit character. A majority of the wine was fermented in a stainless-steel while a small portion was fermented and aged in new French oak. The oak aided in increased flavor complexity and richness of texture due to bâtonnage (stirring) and sur lie (on the yeast) aging.
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