2020 “Los Carneros” Sauvignon Blanc – New Release
AR20SB Limited Edition Aratas Wine of 100% Sauvignon Blanc- Musque clone grown in the Los Carneros AVA in the Napa Valley. Hand harvested on September 10, 2020. Winemaker Matt Sunseri
Cool, crisp fruit from the vineyard in Carneros was grown just steps from our winery crushpad. This encore vintage was harvested a bit early this year to prevent impact from the LNU and Glass fires of 2020. This aromatic with is ripe with aromas of melon, key lime pie, lemongrass, asian pear, coriander and fresh cut grass. It’s a perfect pour for a dry hot day as the lively citrus and herbaceous notes are subtle but thirst quenching. There is also a hint of wet rock and ozone which gives the wine quite a complex bouquet overall.
The grapes are a Sauvignon Musque’ Clone which arrived from Bordeaux in the 1960’s. It’s widely sought after as it has benefited from several generations of adaptation to the California way of life. It’s renown for its enticing lifted aromatics. Our clusters were hand harvested and sorted then optically sorted once again via Selectiv’ process for additional quality. Fermentation was performed using two methods; partly in stainless and about 30% barrel aged on light to moderate lees for 5 month in neutral oak. This was done to soften the edges for a smooth mouthfeel. It’s refreshingly crisp but smooth medium bodied wine. The bottled wine is sealed with Lafitte natural cork closure and while it’s a wine that it ripe for enjoying right now it will evolve for some time. The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc is our second vintage of this limited production wine.
Winemaker, Matt Sunseri
Vintner, Stephanie Douglas
100% Sauvignon Blanc (Musque Clone)
Los Carneros, Napa Valley
Harvest date Sept 10, 2020
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