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2015 Eisele Vineyard - Sauvignon Blanc

UNITED STATES / CALIFORNIA / NAPA
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      Sauvignon Blanc
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  • The mission statement reads, in part, "To produce organically grown fruit and with this fruit make a singular wine of the highest caliber and distinction." By all accounts, Bart and Daphne Araujo are succeeding magnificently. The flagship wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon from their own Eisele Vineyards, is hailed by critics and desired by consumers in every vintage. Though first planted to Zinfandel and Riesling in the 1880s, the Eisele Vineyard has been the home of world class Cabernet since 1964. The low-yielding vines lie on property just east of Calistoga, where the vines are protected by the Palisades Mountains and cooled by the breeze from the Chalk Hill Gap. The harvested fruit is rich and concentrated, lending intense character to the finished wine. Under the direction of winemaker Francoise Peschon, Araujo produces four wines each year: the Cabernet Sauvignon Eisele Vineyard; Altagracia, a second estate Cabernet; Syrah Eisele Vineyard; and Sauvignon Blanc Eisele Vineyard. In some vintages, a Viognier may also be produced.

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    California is the heartland of wine production in the US, and the state that brought prestige to American wine thanks to the pioneers who built early wineries like Staglin, Beringer, Ridge, Mayacamas and Chateau Montelena in the 1800s. Its large geographic area ensures a great diversity in growing sites, varieties grown, and quality levels. Generalizations about the state's wines have numerous exceptions; however, a few key facts generally hold true—ample sunshine, dry weather during the growing season, and moderate winters prevail. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon continue to dominate the state's production—albeit in continually smaller percentages, as growers continue to diversify. More than 100 different varieties can be found throughout the state.

    Sauvignon Blanc is a highly acidic, aromatic variety that is early-ripening and thus well suited to cool climates. Originally from Bordeaux, today this variety is most often associated with the Loire Valley in the Old World, particularly the sub-regions of Sancerre and Pouilly-Fumé. Protective winemaking techniques are used to maintain Sauvignon Blanc’s delicate flavor profile, and wines from the Loire are praised for their elegance and restraint, expressing terroir-driven flavors of green apple, asparagus, and wet pebbles. Look to producers like Didier Dagueneau for the best example of this style.

    In the New World, Marlborough, Australia is the most famous region producing wines from Sauvignon Blanc. The climate is cool, but extended daylight hours and intense sunshine produce wines with more vibrant flavors than their Old-World counterparts. The best wines have aromas of gooseberry, elderflower, grapefruit, passion fruit, rosemary, and thyme. Cloudy Bay produces high quality wines in this style.

    A different style of Sauvignon Blanc, often referred to as ‘Fume Blanc’, can be found in the Pessac-Léognan sub-region of Bordeaux and California. These wines are made with techniques similar to non-aromatic varieties, including barrel fermentation, maturation on lees, and malolactic fermentation. The result is a full-bodied, rich wine that displays complex aromas of spice and cream. Some of the best examples come from Château Haut-Brion in Pessac-Léognan and Lail in California.

    The herbaceous notes of Sauvignon Blanc make it a great choice to pair with green herb-forward dishes containing parsley, rosemary, basil, cilantro, or mint. It also pairs well with salads and white fish. For the most classic Sauvignon Blanc pairing find yourself the Loire Valley's local goat cheese, Crottin de Chavignol. 

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 94 bottles owned
    • 16 collectors