I was poured the family’s 2019 Sauvignon Blanc at lunch recently and it stole the show. I couldn’t believe it was a 2019 because it still had great acidity and so much life in it. It was delicious, crisp and even had a creamy finish like it was aged in oak.
I actually have met Dave a few times, so I asked him ‘between him and me’ if this saw oak at some point before bottling. But the secret I got was not at all what I was expecting. Dave chuckled and said he got that question a lot. “I don’t tell many people the real secret, which is that we add a little late harvest Sauvignon Blanc to the blend.” It adds a little bit to the roundness and richness, while still letting the fruit speak for itself. It even adds some ageability for the wine. It’s a pretty good trick.
Critics clearly agreed. They gave this sensational Napa Valley value double 90-point reviews (91 for Suckling) though Jeb probably summed it up best when he capped his review of the wine by declaring it, “about as drinkable as they come.”
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91 Points, James Suckling
Pretty aromas of green apple, honeydew, lime curd and zest. It’s medium-bodied with tangy acidity and a gently waxy texture. Flint on the finish.
90 Points, Jeb Dunnuck
Pretty sugared lime and light white peach notes emerge from the 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, a medium-bodied, lightly textured, refreshing Sauvignon Blanc that’s about as drinkable as they come.