2009 Jones Family Vineyards Sauvignon BlancIn 2008 we purchased an organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc vineyard located north of Rutherford where the vines are almost entirely mature (over 30 years old in many instances). For our inaugural Sauvignon Blanc Thomas selected three small vineyard blocks to create our wine which he fermented separately. The first lot consisted of one block that was harvested before the other two blocks and it was raised in neutral French oak. The second lot went into new, lightly toasted, fine-grained French oak. The final lot went into stainless steel barrels that were then spun periodically. All three lots aged for 14 months on their lees. Partial malolactic fermentation took place in barrel. The wine was bottled unfined and unfiltered, and we recommend decanting for 30 minutes prior to serving.
"A slightly hazy yellow colored wine with honeyed citrus peel, sweet toast, and lemon grass aromatics. It is extremely viscous in the mouth with flavors of melon, raw honeycomb, and fig with citrus zest and oak overtones. Because malolactic fermentation was blocked, the wine has plenty of acidity but remains quite round on the palate due to its ripe fruit and barrel aging. A serious and intense example of authentic Sauvignon Blanc that recalls the best white Bordeaux."
Thomas Rivers Brown, Winemaker, March 2011
- Vintage: 2009
- Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
- Appellation: Napa Valley
- Harvest Date: September 9, 2009
- Aging: 17 month in barrel
- Bottling Date: February 13, 2011
- Alcohol: 14%