Grieve Family Winery

California: Napa Valley, United States

Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley – 2012

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • We are dedicated to growing and producing distinctive Sauvignon Blanc from our Grieve Family estate vineyard located in a unique part of Napa called Lovall Valley. This valley is the coolest viticultural area in Napa County and sits just above Carneros, straddling the Sonoma/Napa county line between the towns of Sonoma and Napa.

      We double-farm our vineyard, treating the north side of the vine differently from the south side due to the vineyard’s east/west row orientation and Sauvignon Blanc’s need for some sun exposure to achieve the best flavors. We also harvest twice to maximize the flavor intensity of each cluster picked. This process is difficult, labor intensive and expensive, but it allows us to make the best possible wine.

    • Size: 5.93 acres of clone 3
    • Vine Age: 13 years
    • Elevation: 650 feet
    • Density: 1,089 vines/acre
  • Vintage Report

    • 2012 was the first warm vintage since 2007. There were nice bursts of hot weather, but nothing extreme, and the day-tonight temperature inversion was ideal. July was a bit hot, August was a bit cool, and September was perfect and dry, leading to a slightly earlier harvest in Lovall Valley.

      The First PickWe harvested from the southern end of the vineyard on the morning of September 17. The acidity was amazingly high for the ripe flavors of honeydew and apricot we tasted in the fruit.

      The Second PickThe northern portion of the vineyard was allowed to ripen for an additional 12 days, leading to more peach and mango flavors along with our persistent clone-3 lemongrass.

    • Harvest Date(s): September 17 and 29
    • Yields: 2.21 tons/acre
    • Brix: 23.3° and 24.8°
  • Vinification

    • Fermentation: 40% stainless steel, 60% French oak
    • Aging: 8 months: 35% in new French oak, 35% in once-used French oak, 25% in stainless steel, 5% in concrete egg
  • Technical Information

    • Varietal Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
      Clonal Composition: 91% clone 3, 9% clone 376
      Final Blend: 41% first pick, 59% second pick
      Alcohol: 14.4%
      TA: 6.9g/L
      pH: 3.23
      Cases Produced: 923 (12/750ml); 15 (6/1.5L)

  • Tasting Notes

    • We were fortunate that the entire first and second picks made it into the final blend, which is reminiscent of our 2008 and 2009 vintages. The nose jumps out of the glass with apricot, nectarine, peach, lemongrass, grapefruit, honeydew melon, toasted pine nut and hyacinth. The mouth-feel is explosive yet crisp, featuring a mouthwatering cornucopia of fruit. The crispness drives flavors of spring flowers, hyacinth, grapefruit, kaffir lime and cardamom. The beauty of this wine is the aromatics, the power of fruit and exotic flavors, the bright acidity and truly long finish that lingers and lingers.

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Reviews

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley – 2012 – Today’s Sommelier Selected Wine – SommSelect

    “…one of the best California Sauvignon Blancs that I have ever tasted…very reminiscent of great White Bordeaux…rich, full, and round with luscious notes of tropical fruit, precise minerality, amazing texture and explosive aromatics…”

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley – 2012 – 95 points: Celebrate the Class of 2014 – The Tasting Panel

    “Perhaps the best Sauvignon produced in California…lime, honeydew, spice and spring flowers; silky and crisp with mouth-watering juiciness and bright acidity; generous and complex with a seamless, elegant, extremely long finish. 95 points.”

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley – 2012

    The nose displays apricot, nectarine, peach, lemongrass, grapefruit, honeydew, toasted pine nut and hyacinth. The mouthfeel is crisp, driving flavors of spring flowers, hyacinth, grapefruit, kaffir lime and cardamom.

  • Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley – 2012 – 95 points – The Tasting Panel

    "…perhaps the best Sauvignon produced in California; an amazing basket of lime, honeydew, spice and spring flowers; silky and crisp with mouth-watering juiciness and bright acidity; generous and complex with a seamless, elegant, long finish."

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