2012 Juliana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley
ALLOCATION LIMIT: 6 BOTTLES
398 Cases Produced
93 Points - Connoisseurs' Guide to California Wine
" This wine's fairly full throttle style should come as no surprise given its maker, and it strives more for richness than for green herbs and grass. It smacks of juicy ripe melons and shows evident oak, but it is first and last driven by very deep fruit. It is among the bigger Sauvignons tasted and clearly marches to the beat of its own drummer, but it succeeds in its reach and will pair famously with the likes of well-seasoned swordfish or rich, roasted chicken."
Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Steve Heimoff, June 1, 2013
"Here's a bright, tart, wonderfully drinkable young Sauvignon Blanc with some real complexity. It's savory in citrus, goosebery, green apple and vanilla flavors, with just a touch of creamy oak."
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