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Whitehall Lane Winery Sauvignon Blanc 2018

America, California Wine
90 WE
Whitehall Lane Winery Sauvignon Blanc

Rutherford sunshine makes this Sauvignon Blanc special. Following in true Bordeaux style, a portion of the wine was barrel aged for added depth.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Whitehall Lane Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) 84% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Semillon
¥4,510  (incl. tax)

Rutherford sunshine makes this Sauvignon Blanc special. Following in true Bordeaux style, a portion of the wine was barrel aged for added depth.

Country America
Region California Wine
Appellation Napa Valley
Winery Whitehall Lane Winery
Vintage 2018
Color White
Varietal(s) 84% Sauvignon Blanc, 16% Semillon
Production

Viticulture

The 2018 vintage was a near perfect growing season! Bud break began in late March to early April, leading to a Spring that was mild and dry. Flowering proved to be long and gave way to a healthy set of uniform grape clusters. Summer was also quite warm and long, leading to a cooling effect near the end of the season and into Fall. Throughout the vineyard growing season, there were no heat spikes and the temperatures were steady and even-keel. The consistent summer weather encouraged our Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon grapes to ripen in late August to mid-September. The grapes were harvested from select vineyards in Rutherford including Whitehall Lane’s Estate and Bommarito Vineyards.

Vinification

Whitehall Lane is known for its Bordeaux style, fruit-forward and crisp Sauvignon Blanc. A majority of the fruit used for this wine was whole-cluster pressed, which allows for gentle handling of the fruit. A small portion of the fruit was destemmed and pumped as whole berries directly into the tank for 18 hours of grape skin contact. This process creates a big, fleshy mid-palate weight to enhance the wine. 75% of the fruit was cool-fermented in stainless steel tanks while 25% was fermented in French oak barrels (15% new, 10% neutral). Native yeast fermentation took place in barrel, with sur lies (on the lees) and battonage (stirring) for four months.

Owning & Enjoying

Tasting notes

On the nose, it evokes Bartlett pears, fresh yellow peaches, pineapple guava (feijoia), honeysuckle, lemon curd, grapefruit zest, and a touch of spiced apples. Though crisp upfront, the mid-palate offers a medium-bodied texture. Its flavors include fresh honeydew melon, yellow nectarines, Golden Delicious apples, toasted walnuts, baked apple pie, and fresh croissant. The finish has a beautiful length with fresh acidity and subtle toasty notes.

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Winery

Winery Description

Whitehall Lane is a small, family-owned winery in Napa Valley's historic Rutherford appellation. Estate vineyards are comprised of approximately 140 acres of prime Valley-floor vineyards including the Leonardini Vineyard in St. Helena.

Whitehall Lane has received accolades and awards for producing some of the greatest wines in the world. In Wine Spectator Magazine's year-end ranking of wines, Whitehall Lane has been honored an unprecedented three times in five years for producing wines rated among the top five in the world. The winery has also been voted Winery of the Year from the Quarterly Review of Wines and Wine and Spirits Magazine.

Whitehall Lane was founded in 1979 but the history of soil cultivation dates back two centuries. In the mid-1800s, Napa Valley settlers were drawn to the deep, loamy soils and ideal climate, planting high-quality grape vines at the Whitehall Lane Winery site. A barn constructed in the early 1900s for equipment storage is still used today. In 1979, two brothers started the winery and directed their winemaking efforts successfully to Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon. They named the winery after the road that runs along the southern border of the property, Whitehall Lane.

In 1993, the Leonardini Family of San Francisco took control of the Whitehall Lane estate. They updated the winemaking, instituted a new barrel-aging program and continued sourcing the finest vineyards. What started with only one vineyard is now seven prime vineyards that are the cornerstone on which the wines are made and include the Whitehall Lane Estate Vineyard, Millenium MM Vineyard and Bommarito Vineyard in the Rutherford Appellation, the Leonardini Vineyard and Fawn Park Vineyard in St. Helena, Oak Glen Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District and Rassi VIneyard in Sonoma. The Estate Vineyard is 25 acres of "Rutherford Dust" offering beautiful Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc grapes. The Millenium MM Vineyard offers outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon fruit while the Bommarito Vineyard is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The Leonardini Vineyard is 14 acres of gravely soil yielding powerful Cabernet Sauvignon fruit and elegant yet intense Merlot grapes that go into the "Leonardini Vineyard" vineyard-designated wine. The Fawn Park Vineyard is on a gentle slope of the eastern hillside and produces intense Cabernet Sauvignon. The 25-acre Oak Glen Vineyard produces flavorful Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

In its short history, Whitehall Lane has developed into a world-class winery. The efforts of the Leonardini Family are evident in the recent run of accolades from wine publications but are even more apparent in the beautifully made, elegant wines they continue to make.

Data
Closure Screw Cap
Volume 750ml
Alcohol 14.1%
Product Code WH181425
UPC 011628701026