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2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 750 ml
2011 was the third cool vintage in a row for the Napa Valley, and it is in those cooler years where the more refined classical style of wines produced by Chateau Montelena really strut their stuff. This Sauvignon blanc is a great example of that. The nice long hang time with cool weather allowed for great unhurried ripening and flavor development. The cooler year also meant that we did not have to contend with the baked flavors or higher sugars (or higher alcohols) that accompany the hotter (sunburned) vintages. Best enjoyed nice and cool with your shoes off and your feet up at the end of a hot summer day.

Showing a pale golden color in the glass, this young wine opens with aromas of Charantais melon, good varietal grapefruit notes, brown sugar, honeysuckle, orange blossom, and a tropical hint of papaya. On the palate the firm acid core makes for a very juicy entry and nice persistant finish. It is rich and round, mouthcoating with excellent concentration. The flavors are largely citrus driven, honey tangerine initially moving into sweet grapefruit on the finish, but with lovely layers of tropical fruits as well – mango, guava, and papaya.

Cameron Parry, Winemaker
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