2012 Juliana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
398 Cases Produced
90 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff, June 2013
The 2012 Juliana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc is the first vintage release from this vineyard and it is a beautiful effort summed up with one word: yum. The wine begins with a pale hue and upon entry has wonderful tropical aromas of pineapple, cantaloupe and ripe watermelon layered with delicate floral notes of rose petals, jasmine, and narcissus, all coming through in the glass. The palate is backed up with freshness and generous, bright fruit of tangerine, cantaloupe, white nectarine, green mango, and honeysuckle. Mouthwatering, intense, viscous, and long on the finish. This is not a boorish Sauvignon Blanc, but one with stylish expression! Cellared correctly this wine will survive to provide 3 to 4 years of pleasure.
Located in the warmer climes of Pope Valley, the vineyard is perfectly situated for a consistent growing season that leads to optimal ripening. This climate aids in the balancing of acidity and lifting tropical aromas in the fruit and thus, in the finished wine. The vines were carefully hand harvested and delivered cool to the winery. Harvest took place on September 10th. 2012 was an outstanding year for both white wines and early ripening varietals. The timing was impeccable with reaching full maturity at 23.5 Brix.
Once to the winery and weighted in, the grapes are traditionally whole cluster pressed and allowed to cold settle prior to filling once used French Oak barrels. We here at Venge are light handed on the usage of French Oak keeping it to 100% used, neutral French oak on our Sauvignon Blanc. Ageing on the lees, is employed to further develop refined richness and length of body to the mid-palate, while keeping the wine clean and fresh. The 2012 vintage did not undergo any malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfiltered.
75% Sauvignon Blanc
25% Sauvignon Musque
398 Cases Produced