2020 Sauvignon Blanc | Napa Valley
We love Sauvignon Blancs that are complex, age-worthy and not overly expressive upfront. Our vineyard source for Golden Ore sits on an alluvial fan at the base of the Mayacamas mountain range. With coarse, gravelly, well-drained soils, the old vines reach deep into the ground for water and nutrients. We pick the grapes fairly early to capture their natural acidity, and we ferment the juice in oak followed by 18 months of aging. The result is a Sauvignon Blanc with structure, complexity, and nuance. The pale gold color of our Sauvignon Blanc inspired the name Golden Ore. A product of the earth, it too is a rare find, with only a limited number of cases produced.
Our 2020 Golden Ore is a highly expressive Sauvignon Blanc, fresh and racy on one hand but textural and complex on the other. The dry, warmer growing conditions of the vintage helped to create an even more aromatic wine than is typical for this varietal, with scents of white flowers, citrus zest, vanilla and hints of tropical notes. Alluring flavors of white peach, citrus, custard and tropical fruit follow, mingling on the palate with counterpoints of stone and slate, bolstered by a trace of French oak.