California: Napa Valley, United States
California: Sonoma Coast, United States

Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley — 2019

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  • Introduction

    • RouteStock is an invitation to discover the deep roots of winemaking in Napa and Sonoma, planted firmly at each step of your journey through our vineyard sites. Every glass tells the story of Napa and Sonoma’s remarkable fine wine heritage, from the famous routes that wind between the vineyards, to the roots that produce its world-renowned grapes. An endeavor of enduring Napa-based importer Wilson Daniels, RouteStock is established as a product that consistently over-delivers in quality at a very attractive price point.

      At the core of RouteStock is our commitment to sourcing great fruit from high-end vineyards along well-known routes in the Napa Valley. We partner with a select group of dedicated grape-growers in the best viticultural areas for each of our varietals and we work hand-in-hand with all our growers during the cultivation season. We practice minimal intervention in our winemaking to help the grapes show their true character, using native yeasts, natural malolactic fermentation, 100% barrel aging, and no chemical additions. Our intent is to let the grapes and vintage tell us what kind of wine they should be – we never try to force the wine into a specific mold, but rather serve as a guide on its journey.

  • Vineyard Profile

    • Every RouteStock wine strives to balance the classic and the innovative, and this is especially true of the Sauvignon Blanc. This wine derives from two unique vineyards, one in Rutherford and the other in Carneros. During production, we increase the oxygen exposure of the juice during fermentation through a combination of stainless-steel tanks and concrete eggs to bring forward the subtle flavors that are too often hidden within this wonderful grape variety. Aging too is done in two methods, partially in used French oak and partially in concrete egg to add intricacy to the final blend. A sip of this Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will be familiar, but also delightfully surprising.

  • Vintage Report

    • Napa Valley, and most of northern California, has been dealing with drought and the ensuing fires that it brings. 2019 was a delightful exception to this, albeit a very brief exception. There was ample rain during the winter prior to the 2019 growing season that provided a good amount of fruit, healthy vines, and beautiful wines.

  • Vinification

    • Aging: 38% in neutral French oak, 57% in stainless steel and 5% in concrete eggs
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 99% Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc & 1% Napa Valley Semillon
    • Alcohol: 13.94%
    • TA: 5.79 g/L
    • p H: 3.48
    • RS: 0.721 g/L
  • Tasting Notes

    • The aroma spills forth from the glass with notes of fig, lanolin, sage, and grapefruit peel. The flavors are rich and ripe, full of mango, ruby red grapefruit and guava. The wine ends with a long and lingering finish that is bright and crisp with a distinct flavor of dried figs.