Vintage: Spring came early to the Valley in 2000, following an unusually warm, dry winter. After a bout with Spring frost (we were up 9 full nights) the vintage settled in to a very warm early Summer with record high temperatures in May and June. As if in compensation, July and August cooled down leading into picture-perfect harvest conditions in September. Winemaker Comments: For the first time in our twenty-one years, our Sauvignon Blanc carries the Rutherford appelation, a significant step towards our goal of a 100% Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc. Why is Rutherford so unique? Rutherford is perfectly situated, balanced between the warmer Napa Valley and the cooler temperatures of the southern region. Rutherford is blessed by well-drained gravelly loam soils. This dynamic partnership gives a distinct, deep earthy character to Rutherford's rich red wines often called "Rutherford Dust". In Sauvignon Blanc this expression radiates a remarkable mineral, slate-like nuance in the aroma and rewards with bright citrus flavors and excellent freshness on the palate. Our 2000 Souvignon Blanc is a wine with engaging distinctiveness, much like the appellation from which it emanates.
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