2012 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.

Vintage

A classic Napa Valley growing season and harvest provided an abundance of quality grapes from which winemakers had to choose this year. From spring bud break, through flowering, fruit set, and ripening, conditions were ideal. A consistent stretch of warm summer weather, without large heat spikes and with plenty of cool and foggy nights, ripened grapes to perfection before late rains appeared at the end of October. Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Oso Vineyard were harvested at the beginning of September and those grown in Milliken Vineyard were picked a month later on October 2.

Vineyards

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 2012 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 notes with underlying pineapple and developing into orange blossom.

Winemaking

Tony Coltrin set out to maximize fruit expression in our 2012 Oberon Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley. "We used both cold tank fermentation and 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."

Reviews

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 - 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

85 Points - 2009 Sauvignon Blanc
"This is a dry, simple Sauvignon Blanc. It's marked by crisp acidity and zesty citrus fruit and green grass flavors. Feels clean, vibrant and mouthwatering."
- Wine Enthusiast, March 2011

Food Pairings

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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Wine Facts

Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc 75.7%, Sauvignon Blanc Musqué 24.3%
Appellation: Napa Valley
Fermentation: 34.3% barrel fermented, 65.7% cold tank fermented
Wine Stats: Alcohol 13.7%, pH 3.12, TA 6.41 g/l