2013 Franciscan Estate Sauvignon Blanc Napa Valley
Appearance: Pale Straw
Aromas: Brimming with lime and grapefruit, softened by notes of pear and vanilla. Lemongrass, lychee, and a minerality reminiscent of river stones add layers of fragrance. Bright, clean, and inviting.
Flavors: Vibrant citrus, grapefruit, and lime zest. Subtle grassy notes and bright acidity are framed by minerality. Very clean and palate cleansing. Fruit forward with a long, lingering honeydew and soft lime finish.
To bring out the aromas and flavors that make this grape so appealing, we source fruit from several Napa Valley sub-appellations and apply a range of small-lot winemaking techniques. For vineyards offering mineral character, the fruit is gently whole-cluster pressed and undergoes a slow, cold fermentation in tank to capture the purity and minerality of the fruit as you might find in a Loire wine. With vineyards offering rich, expressive fruit, we give the must 6-8 hours of skin contact—a New Zealand technique. The juice is tasted every hour to pinpoint the peak of lime and lemongrass flavor before pressing off the skins. Together, the different lots unite to create a wine with great complexity and vibrancy.
—Janet Myers, Winemaker