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The 2020 Rombauer Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc is bright, fresh, and lively.
TASTING NOTES: This wine exhibits charming and alluring aromas and flavors of bright fruit, mineral notes, and dried herbs. Pair it with a dozen raw oysters and a liberal sprinkling of lemon. (Tasted: February 8, 2021, San Francisco, CA)
The fruit for this wine comes from premium growing sites in Napa and Sonoma counties that offer abundant sunshine yet moderate temperatures ideal conditions for cultivating delicious Sauvignon Blanc.
A mild spring gave us an early start to the growing season and we finished picking our Sauvignon Blanc on September 16th.
Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial
photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The majority of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the remainder fermented in a combination of French oak barrels and concrete tanks, imparting weight and texture to the finished wine. The wine was bottled under Stelvin aluminum closure another Rombauer first to preserve the freshness and vibrancy so appealing in this Sauvignon Blanc.
Pale yellow with a touch of a green hue. Bursting with lively flavors of pink grapefruit, lime, and honeyed apricot with a warm note of vanilla on the finish. The wine is fresh and lively on the palate, allowing the lime to shine while the bright acidity makes for a mouthwatering finish that keeps you coming back for more.
Our favorite Joy of Cooking pairings for this wine include Oysters on the Half-Shell with Mignonette Sauce (Pg. 570), Black Cod Misozuke (Pg. 387), Nicoise Salad, and Crab Cakes.
RELEASE DATE January 2021
APPELLATION Napa County 50
Sonoma County 50
VARIETAL 100 Sauvignon Blanc
HARVESTED Aug. 22 - Sept. 16, 2020
AVERAGE BRIX 23.3
COOPERAGE Stainless steel tanks (88),
neutral French oak
barrels (9), and concrete
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When founders Koerner and Joan Rombauer moved their two children, two horses and five dogs to Napa Valley in 1972, they arrived armed with an appreciation for the intimate relationship between food and wine. Their appreciation stemmed from Koerner's great aunt Irma Rombauer having authored internationally renowned cookbook the Joy of Cooking and his ancestors originating from the winegrowing region of Rheingau, Germany, where wine is considered an essential complement to a meal.
Appreciation bred passion, and Rombauer Vineyards was established in 1980. Thirty-five years later, the winery remains owned and operated by first-, second- and third-generation members of the family.