Provenance Sauvignon Blanc 2016
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Provenance Estate Sauvignon Blanc shows a sense of place from outstanding vineyards in the Rutherford American Viticultural Area (AVA), with the majority from their own vineyards. This appellation, in the geographic center of Napa Valley, is outstanding for Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Each block was picked at its peak maturity and fermented separately to increase complexity.
The grapes are pressed in whole clusters and then fermented in a combination of stainless steel tanks (60 percent) and small barrels (40 percent). The tank-fermented wine captured Sauvignon Blanc’s lively fruit expression, while the barrel-fermented portion gave the wine greater lees contact during sur lie aging. Most of the barrels were stainless steel, however they fermented seven percent of the wine in new French oak barrels for complexity. Stirring (bâtonnage) during six months of sur lie aging developed the wine’s silky texture.
The 2016.reveals lovely aromas of tropical fruit, lychee and pear complemented by subtle mineral notes. On the palate, the wine shows bright flavors of lemon, pear, guava, cashew, tangerine and mineral. Round and creamy, yet with a vibrant finish, this is an ideal food wine. Enjoy it paired with fresh oysters, shrimp salad and fresh goat cheese.
Wine SpectatorLemon, peach and pear flavors are fresh and vibrant on a supple body, with spice, green tea and dried floral accents to the expressive finish. Drink now. 10,032 cases made.