Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

Cakebread Cellars

Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2018

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 2018,78% of the juice fermented in stainless steel tanks and 21.7% in neutral French oak barrels and a small portion in a concrete egg. The wine aged five months in neutral French oak barrels before bottling in March 2019.

91 Points

Decanter

2018 vintage
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harvest note

The 2018 growing season was a dream come true. Early spring rains replenished the soils, clusters ripened evenly over a long, slow summer with no heat spikes, and grapes reached full maturity right on time. Yields at harvest were abundant and of very high quality.

tasting note

The wine opens with vivid tropical aromas of white flowers, ripe melon, and sweet citrus. The citrus and tropical characters extend onto the palate with ripe guava and crisp pink grapefruit, balanced by bright acidity and accented by a flinty vein of minerality.

food pairing

Will pair beautifully with shrimp, crab or grilled vegetables and is perfect for a cheese plate.

technical data

GRAPES: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
APPELLATION: Napa Valley
PH: 3.21
ACIDITY: 0.73 g/l
ABV: 13.4%
AGING: 5 months in neutral French oak

points of distinction

  • Sourced from top vineyards including 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
  • about the grape +
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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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