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On the palate are light-bodied layers of green olive, pineapple, peach and lemon, a contrasting set of fruit and savory elements that work seamlessly together. — V. B. December, 2018
Vintage: The string of near perfect vintages continued for the fifth year in 2016, with an early bud break and flowering followed by sunny days and relatively mild temperatures throughout the growing season. We were able to have almost all our grapes safely in the cellar before the valley's first significant fall rainstorm arrived on October fourteenth.
Vineyard: We grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes in our American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Francisco Bay. The clay soils retain water, allowing us to dry farm and the coolness slows ripening and retains acidity, so the grapes develop a crisp liveliness that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. About 80% of our Sauvignon Blanc is planted to the Musqué clone, which provides elegant floral aromatics. We farm all our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.
The Wine: Relying on naturally-occurring yeasts, we fermented 80% of the grapes in 900-gallon French oak casks, called foudres, with the remainder in previously-used small French oak barrels. We then aged the wine for six months on its lees (the spent yeast) in neutral barrels. On the nose this wine exhibits notes of lemon rind and dried orange, with savory, sweet hints of dulce de leche. The palate is fresh with citrus, lemon zest and balanced acidity with a mouthwatering, long finish. Pair with pork loin, chicken or all by itself.
2016 FUMÉ BLANC Estate Grown • Napa Valley
Alcohol .............13.5% by volume
Fermentation ...indigenous yeast
Harvest date ....Aug. 31 - Sept. 5, 2016
Sugar ................22.5˚ Brix (average)
Bottling date ....March 2017
Release date .....October 2018
Total acid ........7.5 g/L
Time in oak......6 months on lees in neutral barrels
Type of oak ......French oak 20% neutral barrels 80% 900-gallon casks
Production .......10,975 cases (12/750 ml.)
Blend ...............100% Sauvignon Blanc
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Grgich Hills Estate is an iconic Napa Valley winery, consistently producing wines of the highest quality. Vintners Hall of Fame inductee Miljenko "Mike" Grgich first earned world-wide recognition when the 1973 Chateau Montelena Chardonnay he crafted won the 1976 Paris Tasting, beating the best of France and revolutionizing the wine world. Mike then partnered with Austin Hills to open their family owned and operated winery in 1977.
Committed to natural winegrowing and sustainability, we farm five estate vineyards without artificial pesticides or herbicides, rely on wild yeast fermentation and use our passion and art to handcraft food-friendly, balanced and elegant wines.