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2019 Sauvignon Blanc

2019 Sauvignon Blanc

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350 Cases Produced
James Suckling
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"To really show off the southern Napa terroir, we barrel-ferment our Sauvignon blend to highlight its complexity and create a more textural white Bordeaux style.  This wine's quite distinct from the über-grassy modern Sauvignons, with great structure and beautifully layered fruit." Cristie Kerr

Tasting Notes
Glinting straw in color with starlight hues.  On the nose, it offers captivating aromas of lemon zest, pink grapefruit, and passion fruit with underlying lemon oil and peach nuances from the Sémillon.  The palate is taut, expressive, and beautifully textured – very distinct from most modern Napa Valley Sauvignon Blancs.  Gorgeous fresh citrus fruits and a creamy texture dominate the back palate, leading to a rounded and balanced finish.  Ideal serving temperature: 53-55°F.
Blend
Blend: 77% Sauvignon Blanc; 7% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué clone; 16% Sémillon
Fermented
Barrel fermented in 100% French oak, 10% new oak
Aged
Aged 9 months sur lie
Alcohol %
14.2
Winemaker
Helen Keplinger
Winemaker Notes
Whole cluster pressed
Harvest Date
September 2019
Agro Ad Amphorum
Latin Translation: From Soil to Bottle
Kerr Cellars Sauvignon Blanc vineyard is located in the back blocks of the cool and famed Napa Valley AVA of Carneros. Fruit from this vineyard typically exhibits a generous fruit profile due to the sand and loam subsoil and the granite bedrock that is scattered throughout. Aromas of grapefruit, lemon oil and fresh-cut basil leaves are hallmarks of this exquisite piece of dirt. Warm days and cool night is the key to the ripening cycle of this magnificent vineyard.
Philosophy
Our 2019 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a blend of 77% Sauvignon Blanc, 7% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué clone and 16% Sémillon. Pairing Sauvignon with Sémillon is the classic white blend of Bordeaux appellations like Pessac-Leognan and Entre-deux-Mers. These characterful, age-worthy wines are a million miles away from the intensely tropical and grassy modern Sauvignons.

We ferment our Sauvignon blend in French oak barrels for nine months to harmonize the grapes' character and bring out a rounded, supple weight to the wine. Aging the wine on its lees further develops the wine's character, seamlessly integrating freshness, body and a subtle hint of tannins. Pair this exceptionally balanced and layered wine with veal or pork in creamy mustard sauces, garlic and herb-roast chicken, or a Lebanese falafel tabbouleh.