Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

91 points

- James Suckling

2016 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.

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Another year of drought conditions and a continued warm, dry winter season, resulted in an early bud break, that coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period lead to uneven fruit set and smaller grape clusters. Temperatures throughout the growing season were a bit of a rollercoaster of hot and cold forcing the fruit to ripen in waves. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character. We source Sauvignon Blanc grapes from the warmer southern Napa Valley and cooler Carneros regions. The 2016 Vintage saw us harvest our warmer appellation fruit on September 14 and our cooler appellation fruit on September 28 a full two weeks apart. We completed harvest before the October rains, which made the Napa Valley wetter than we’ve seen in a decade.

The Oberon Sauvignon Blanc is distinctive in style because its fruit is sourced from both the Oaknoll and Carneros Districts of Napa Valley. This combination of multi-terroir fruit marries bright natural acidity with layered fresh flavors of green apple, tart kiwi, pear and melon. "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 and length to the mouth-feel," says winemaker Tony Coltrin.

Tony Coltrin set out to maximize fruit expression in our 2016 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: 88.2% Sauvignon Blanc, 11.8% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué
Appellation: Napa Valley
Alcohol: 13.7%
pH: 3.17
TA: 6.63 g/L

Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Accolades

91 points

2015 Sauvignon Blanc

"A white that shows cooked apple, cream, spice and a wealth of vanilla character. Medium to full body, dense and compact texture, crispy acidity with a medium to long finish."
- James Suckling, November 2017

88 points

2014 Sauvignon Blanc

"A healthy percentage of Sauvignon Musqué 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

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