Vintage 2018
Wine Type White
Varietal Sauvignon Blanc
Region Napa Valley
Winemaker David Galzignato

Our Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is typically very consistent with each vintage and the 2018 is no exception. This wine shows the most tropical fruit expression of the two Sauvignon Blanc wines that we produce at Provenance. The bright, vibrant aromas and flavors are filled with juicy pineapple, high-tone floral notes and ripe, stone-fruit character. The partial barrel fermentation gives the wine a creamy texture with subtle spice and toastiness.

Tasting Notes

Working with our home vineyard to produce the 2018 Rutherford Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc gives us the opportunity to showcase the personality, terroir and incredible quality of this exceptional site surrounding our winery in Rutherford. Our Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is typically very consistent with each vintage and the 2018 is no exception. This wine shows the most tropical fruit expression of the two Sauvignon Blanc wines that we produce at Provenance. The bright, vibrant aromas and flavors are filled with juicy pineapple, high-tone floral notes and ripe, stone-fruit character. The partial barrel fermentation gives the wine a creamy texture with subtle spice and toastiness.

Vineyard Notes

We made this wine from our 12-acre estate vineyard, which surrounds our winery in the center of Napa Valley. Planted in 2003, this Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA) site on the west side of the valley has Maxwell series clay loam soils. We closely spaced the vine rows to increase competition for soil nutrients and trained them with vertical shoot positioning for optimum sun exposure on the fruit. The vines are grafted to clone #1 Sauvignon Blanc.

Vintage Notes

Overall, 2017 proved to be a very memorable vintage with slightly smaller yields but exceptional quality.  A brief period of warmer than usual temperatures occurred during Labor Day weekend which accelerated the harvest in some areas but was perfect for ripening the fruit in the Napa Valley.  Temperatures subsided just when we needed and the fruit was allowed to mature and ripen perfectly on the vines before harvest officially began.  2017 will be remembered as an intense and unpredictable harvest but one of tremendous quality, with wines showing great flavor intensity, perfect ripening and maturity, lovely balance and complexity.

Winemaking Notes

We hand harvested the Sauvignon Blanc grapes in the cool early mornings, pressed the grapes as whole clusters, and used three fermentation techniques. To capture the integrity, character and qualities of each rootstock/soil combination, and allow us to select the best wines for our estate blend, each block was picked and fermented separately. We fermented and aged 44 percent of the wine in concrete “eggs”, which are intentionally oval-shaped in order to keep the yeast in continuous suspension and to maximize yeast contact. We utilize one concrete egg at the winery which is filled with the first estate block harvested. In 2017, this reserve accounted for 33% of the blend. Additionally, we used 29% stainless drums/barrels, and 38% French oak barrels, 75% of which was new.

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