2014 Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Napa Valley native and winemaker, Tony Coltrin, brings more than 40 years of winemaking experience to Oberon, with expertise in sourcing quality fruit from the best vineyards in the valley and understanding the region's uniqueness for growing classic Bordeaux varieties. His long-standing relationships with local growers ensure a consistency in the quality of the grapes grown in premier Napa Valley sub-appellations for Oberon.
Despite the lack of rain during the spring, Napa Valley had an excellent growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather, with a few large heat spikes and plenty of cool and foggy nights, ripened grapes to perfection. Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Oso Vineyard were harvested in the middle of August and first week of September and those grown in Milliken Vineyard were picked middle of September.
The Oberon Sauvignon Blanc is distinctive in style because its fruit is sourced from both our warmer Oso Vineyard (46%), located in northeastern Napa Valley, and the cooler Milliken Vineyard (54%) in the southern part of the valley. "With each vintage, we want Oberon Sauvignon Blanc to show bright natural acidity and fresh flavors. We also want an underlying richness and complexity that balances the wine and adds fullness to the mouth-feel" says winemaker Tony Coltrin. The 2014 vintage includes a large percentage of Sauvignon Musqué clone grown in the Oso Vineyard, which adds another layer of richness and expressive aromatics to the blend, starting with citrus and passion fruit notes, tart kiwi, and developing into orange blossom.
Tony Coltrin set out to maximize fruit expression in our 2014 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. "We used both cold tank fermentation and 33% barrel fermentation to maximize the overall fruit expression. The cold-fermentation in tank helps us maintain the pureness of fruit and aromatics, and barrel fermentation adds a subtle creaminess and length."
89 Points, Editor's Choice - 2013 Sauvignon Blanc
-Wine Enthusiast, July 2014
89 Points - 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
" This is a very intense, laser-like 2012 Sauvignon Blanc with zesty notes of figs, citrus oil, melon and grapefruit. Fresh, ripe and in-your-face, not everyone will find this as attractive as I did, but it is a classic, authentic Sauvignon to drink over the next year."
-Wine Adovcate, August 2013
88 Points - 2012 Sauvignon Blanc
"It brings a bright, Champagne-like kick to the Meyer-lemon, lime, apricot and papaya flavors that make this Sauvignon Blanc so savory."
-Wine Entusiast, December 2013
89 Points, Editor's Choice - 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
"Tasty, zesty and rich, this would be a versatile accompaniment to a wide range of foods. It charms with its flavors of Asian pear, lime, fig, vanilla and spice, bearing vigorous acidity that balances out what seems to be some sweetness. Editors' Choice"
-Wine Enthusiast, December 2012
88 Points - 2011 Sauvignon Blanc
"These excellent offerings include the 2011 Sauvignon Blanc (100% Sauvignon Blanc), which exhibits plenty of fig, melon and honeyed grapefruit characteristics. Enjoy this medium-bodied, crisp, fresh Sauvignon over the next 1-2 years."
-Wine Advocate, October 2012
90 Points, Editor's Choice - 2010 Sauvignon Blanc
"With a touch of green grass and gooseberry, this refreshing Sauvignon Blanc features richer flavors of pineapples, lemons, limes, honeysuckle and vanilla. It's a streamlined, elegant wine, at a very good price."
- Wine Enthusiast, December 2011
Enjoy this lovely Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc with grilled white fish, crab cakes and light spicy foods, as well as creamy cheeses.
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Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc 76.0%, Sauvignon Blanc Musqué
Appellation: Napa Valley
Fermentation: 34.3% barrel fermented, 65.7% cold tank fermented
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.8%, pH 3.14, TA 6.40 g/l