We sourced our 2021 vintage’s fruit from our original grower located in Napa County’s Pope Valley. The area has earned a reputation for producing some of the valley’s finest expressions of this variety.
The 2021 growing season began with lower winter rainfall resulting in smaller berries but with more concentrated flavors. The summer yielded to plenty of sunshine for a very strong finish right up to our mid-August harvest. The yields were again below average, but the harvested fruit was of outstanding quality.
Winemaking & Tasting Notes
Our 2021 vintage is 100% Sauvignon Blanc fruit. We picked in the cool predawn hours to bring in chilled fruit and pressed the whole-clusters then employed an extended 21-day fermentation in stainless steel. The wine was then aged for ten months in a combination of stainless steel and concrete tanks.
The wine expresses a pale-straw color in the bottle along with fresh aromas of tropical fruit, a slight hint of citrus and a medium body in the glass. The wine has a lighter weight on the palate that gives way to flavors of lychee, citrus layers, and hints of white peach melding with the clean mineral-driven finish Vineyard 985 Sauvignon Blanc is known for.