Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

89 points

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

2015 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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Despite receiving close to 75% of normal rainfall, the warmer and dryer than usual winter season, resulted in an early bud break that coupled with a cool Spring and long flowering period resulted in an uneven fruit set. Temperatures through the first half of the growing season were even and warm, giving way to repeated heat surges in the final ripening weeks that pushed the harvest ahead by 2 weeks. This weather pattern resulted in smaller than usual clusters and a lighter than usual crop of beautiful rich character. Sauvignon Blanc grapes from Oso Vineyard were harvested in the middle of August 14-24 and those grown in Milliken Vineyard were picked for the first time in August on August 28.

The Oberon Sauvignon Blanc is distinctive in style because its fruit is sourced from both our warmer Oso Vineyard, located in northeastern Napa Valley, and the cooler Milliken Vineyard 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 and length to the mouth-feel,” says winemaker Tony Coltrin. The 2015 vintage includes 11.0 percent 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 2015 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: 89% Sauvignon Blanc, 11.0% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué
Appellation: Napa Valley
Alcohol: 13.7%
pH: 3.23
TA: 6.40 g/l

Oberon Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley

Accolades

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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