Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

89 points

"Excellent purity, density and richness"
- Robert Parker, Wine Advocate

2014 Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

The Oberon Sauvignon Blanc is distinctive in style because its fruit is sourced from both our warmer Oso Vineyard and the cooler Milliken Vineyard. It shows bright natural acidity and fresh flavors, with an underlying richness and complexity that balances the wine and adds fullness to the mouth-feel. The 2014 vintage includes Sauvignon Musqué, adding another layer of richness and expressive aromatics to the blend, starting with citrus and passion fruit notes, tart kiwi, and developing into orange blossom. 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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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."

Varietals: 76% Sauvignon Blanc, 24% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué
Appellation: Napa Valley
Barrel Aging: 34.3% barrel fermented, 65.7% cold tank fermented
Alcohol: 13.8%
pH: 3.14
TA: 6.4 g/l

Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Accolades

88 points

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

"A healthy percentage of Sauvignon Musque sets the tone for this creamy and somewhat spicy white wine, a mix of vanilla and unctuous fig that finds a balance with flavors of crisp, green apple and melon. Fresh acidity keeps the fullness of the wine in check."
- Wine Enthusiast, December 2015

89 points, Editors' Choice

2013 Sauvignon Blanc

"Dryish and crisp in acidity, it holds rich lemon, lime, papaya and gooseberry flavors. It treads a delicate line between California ripe and cool-climate nervosity. What a great wine for modern Asian-fusion fare."
- 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...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."
- 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."
- 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