A Sauvignon Blanc grown in the winery’s Larkmead Lane, Blueline, and Varozza vineyards in Napa Valley. Lots were treated to different handling; 80 percent of the fruit was whole-cluster pressed while 20 percent enjoyed some skin contact, and the wine was seasoned half in stainless steel and half in French oak, partly new.
Its pale green robe has a spiced red-apple and yellow stone fruit fragrance, a surprising frisson of cool against warm. The flavors are unstained, with a pop of green tea and limes and crackly, finely-articulated minerality. The wine dilates at the finish, flaring into a sheen of polished citrus.
This is not a typical musky-melon Sauvignon Blanc. It’s instead a lighter edition, quite stylish.
14.2% abv | $40 (sample)