Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017

Certified Sustainable, Organic or Biodynamic Green Certified

Region: America / California / Napa Valley
Grapes: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

The Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc grapes come from top vineyards throughout Napa Valley, including, from south to north, Estate ranches in Carneros, Suscol Springs, Rutherford and Calistoga. The exceptional fruit from these sites produces a rich, complex Sauvignon Blanc that is simultaneously fresh, crisp and zesty. Grapes are harvested during the cool nighttime hours to fully capture their fresh, pure flavors and vibrant acidity. Whole-cluster-pressing of the fruit under anaerobic conditions maximizes varietal intensity while minimizing the extraction of astringent compounds from the skins. In 2017, 81% of the juice fermented in stainless steel tanks and 19% in neutral French oak barrels to produce bright, concentrated varietal aromas and flavors. The wine aged five months in neutral French oak barrels before bottling in March 2018.

90 Points

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2017 vintage
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harvest note

The winter of 2017 saw the heaviest rainfall in northern California in 30 years, rejuvenating the vines after years of drought. Spring was mild, resulting in healthy flowering and grape set. Sauvignon Blanc grapes ripened uniformly throughout the summer months, developing tremendously concentrated flavors coupled with balanced acidity. Heat spikes around the time of August harvest resulted in smaller grape yields. While limited in size, the vintage is exceptional in quality.

tasting note

Surpassingly fresh, vivid aromas of white flowers, ripe melon and citrus fruit introduce rich, zesty flavors of pink grapefruit, melon and guava, leading to a long, crisp finish buoyed by bright acidity and refreshing citrus and mineral tones. Irresistible now, this classic Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc will age gracefully for the next 3-5 years.

food pairing

Beautifully accompanies seafood, poultry, vegetable and salad dishes.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
PH: 3.29
ACIDITY: 0.67 g/100ml
ABV: 13.7%
AGING: 5 months in neutral French oak

points of distinction

  • Grapes come from top vineyards including Cakebread Estate ranches in Carneros, Suscol Springs, Rutherford and Calistoga
  • A brisk, lively, citrus and melon-flavored Sauvignon Blanc
  • Very versatile as an aperitif or with fish, poultry, pasta, salads
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“Our emphasis on fruit quality captures the expression of grapefruit, citrus, kiwi, guava, lime and melon in the wine.”

– Stephanie Jacobs, Winemaker

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