*Grgich Hills Fume Blanc
Grgich Hills Estate Grown Dry Sauvignon Blanc Fume Blanc, Napa Valley, USA
Vintage 2014: [WE 91]
Dark golden-hay in color, this white was fermented mostly in 900-gallon French oak foudres, with the remainder fermented in smaller French oak barrels. Nutty lime and gooseberry provide intrigue and saltiness against bright acidity, making for a complex and compelling impression on the palate. The combination of the right clones and cool growing region produce juicy tropical fruit and lemongrass flavors with a touch of minerality at the end of a long finish.
San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, 2017: Bronze
We grow Sauvignon Blanc grapes in our American Canyon and Carneros vineyards in
the southern tip of Napa Valley, near San Francisco Bay. The clay soils retain water, allowing us to dry farm, and the coolness slows ripening and retains acidity. The grapes develop a crisp liveliness that is impossible to achieve in warmer areas. About 80% of our Sauvignon Blanc is planted to the Musqué clone, which provides elegant floral aromatics. We farm all our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic.