Rombauer Vineyards 2018 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
Item Number: 13151
Sub Region: Napa Valley
Appellation/AVA: Napa Valley
Grape(s): 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: Screw Cap
Alc by Vol(%): 14.2
Introduced with the 2014 vintage, this Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc marks an exciting milestone for Rombauer Vineyards – the first new varietal introduced in more than 20 years and only the second white wine in their 39-year history.
Vineyard Notes: The fruit for this wine comes from four carefully selected sites in Napa Valley offering lots of sunshine yet moderate temperatures - ideal conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc.
Vintage Notes: Good rains in February lead to a warm summer, which then turned cool in August, resulting in a later harvest than the last few years. What followed was a long warm fall with near perfect growing conditions and extended hang time. In the end it was one of the longest harvests on record and also above average crop size. Sustainable farming practices thoughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. Ninety percent of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels to impart weight and texture to the wine. The barrel-fermented portion was blended back to tank after three months in barrel. The wine was bottled under Stelvin aluminum closure - another Rombauer first - to preserve the freshness and vibrancy so appealing in this Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting Notes: This wine is brilliant pale yellow with a bright green hue. It exudes aromas of key lime, mango, papaya and white nectarine with a hint of fresh-cut grass. The palate is fresh and enticing, as grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit intertwine with Meyer lemon and lime, making the mouth water. Balanced yet lively acidity lingers on the palate inviting another taste. Boxwood on the finish gives the wine length and vibrant freshness.
89pts (2017 Vintage) Wine Spectator 11/30/2018
"Focused and vibrant, offering a succulent mix of poached pear, nectarine and mango flavors on a lush frame. Bright acidity pops out on the finish. Drink now."