2020 Tiara Sauvignon Blanc
2020 was a very nice growing year with a few hot spells and sparse winter rains, when suddenly on August 16 during another hot spell and offshore winds, the LCNU fires started. Because of all the hot weather, maturity was ahead by about 10 days and the Sauvignon Blancs were on the picking schedule. We harvested on August 17 (Stewart Ranch) and August 22 (Windy Flats). The fruit from Stewart Ranch was fermented cold in stainless steel, and the fruit from Windy Flats was barrel fermented in the cold chai. It was apparent early on that these were extraordinary Sauvignon Blancs, and all we had to do was stay out of their way as they evolved. We made the blend for Tiara in early February and put it back to barrel before bottling in late March. The 2020 Tiara has big aromas of ripe apple, buttery pineapple, fresh fig and hints of jasmine and iris. The palate offers a lovely ripe satiny texture. Peach, pineapple and vanilla open in the center, and lead to a lingering coconut pineapple finish.
Vintage: 2020 | Variety: Sauvignon Blanc | Appellation: Napa Valley | Alcohol %: 14.3