2023 Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc

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90 Points, James Suckling. “Crisp and crunchy, with slice green melon and citrus character. It’s medium-bodied with a hint of sweetness and a lively finish. Nice as an aperitif. Drink now.” JS, February 2024

Winemaker’s Notes

A crisp, inviting sauvignon blanc with ripe green lime and pink grapefruit combined with notes of lemon crème and a hint of anise on the palate. The wine presents green and yellow hues with bright aromatics of grapefruit, lime peel, gooseberry, fennel pollen and a touch of caper to create a saline vibrancy. Beautifully balanced with energetic acid structure and a pleasing finish.

Winemaking

The 2023 growing season was entirely about patience. A long, wet winter and spring filled our lakes and nourished the soils. With the cooler start to the season, budbreak was several weeks behind average. Once warm, mild weather conditions took over in the late spring and early summer, abundant shoot growth in May and June proceeded. Canopy management was vital to veraison, which occurred in mid to late July. The first sauvignon blanc fruit was picked on August 15. Over the course of the following month, mild warm temperatures created perfect conditions for managed picking decisions. The longer hang time allowed the fruit to catch optimum ripening, creating a superb vintage with bright, fresh white wines that show varietal
flavors and textures.

After achieving the desired flavors on the vine, the Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the cool morning hours in an effort to preserve the delicate acid structure and flavors. Once in the cellar, the grapes were pressed to tank and immediately chilled and settled. Fermentations were completed in stainless steel tanks at cool temperatures to maintain and enhance the natural fruit flavors. The final blend was completed to capture the lovely fresh qualities and intense purity of the variety.

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Dollarhide Estate Vineyard

Located in the northeastern hills of Napa Valley, our Dollarhide Estate Ranch is a valley within a valley and has 1,530-plus acres, 500 planted to the vineyard. The oldest vines at Dollarhide Estate, now more than 30 years old, produce the full-bodied, robust cabernet sauvignon.

Vineyard elevations ranging from 600 to 1,100 feet above sea level, seven different soil series, 13 soil variations and unique microclimates, combine at Dollarhide to create an especially accommodating growing environment for Bordeaux grape varieties.

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Parcel By Parcel

Our winemaking and vineyard team have a broad selection of soils and topography to choose from when selecting ideal vineyard sites at Dollarhide. Each parcel is planted with fruit quality and distinct character in mind. These parcels are then farmed individually so that the vines will thrive in their distinctive locations. Our team is able to match the right soils with the optimum combination of rootstock, clone selection and cultivation practices. The diversity of terrain results in a wide selection of fruit characteristics with which our winemakers work in producing estate sauvignon blanc and cabernet sauvignon, estate blends and the Dollarhide Estate single vineyard wines.

Sustainability

As a 100% estate grown, sustainably farmed winery, St. Supéry has 1,595+ acres of land with two thirds left in its natural state encouraging biodiversity. From the very beginning, we have farmed and operated as stewards of the land with preservation is our top priority.

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