Introduced with the 2014 vintage, our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc marks an exciting milestone for Rombauer Vineyards — the first new varietal introduced in more than 20 years and only the second white wine in our 38-year history.
VineyardsThe fruit for this wine comes from four carefully selected sites in Napa Valley offering lots of sunshine yet moderate temperatures — ideal conditions for growing Sauvignon Blanc.
WinegrowingA wet winter with moderate rainfall, a mild spring and a warm summer created the ideal growing season. Very warm weather at the beginning of harvest accelerated the need to pick Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay in early September. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was hand-picked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
WinemakingThe grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. Ninety percent of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks. The remaining juice was fermented in neutral French oak barrels to impart weight and texture to the wine. The barrel-fermented portion was blended back to tank after three months in barrel. The wine was bottled under Stelvin aluminum closure — another Rombauer first — to preserve the freshness and vibrancy so appealing in this Sauvignon Blanc.
Tasting NotesThis wine is brilliant pale yellow with a bright green hue. It exudes aromas of keylime, mango, papaya and white nectarine with a hint of fresh-cut grass. The palate is fresh and enticing, as grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit intertwine with Meyer lemon and lime, making the mouth water. Balanced yet lively acidity lingers on the palate inviting another taste. Boxwood on the finish gives the wine length and vibrant freshness.
90 Points – Wine and Spirits – 2017 Sauvignon Blanc
Gentle passion-fruit flavors fill this broad, creamy sauvignon. There’s brightness to the fruit, which cushions the structure, the wine full enough to serve on its own or with roast fish.