2020 Eisele Vineyard

Sauvignon Blanc,  Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley,  California,  USA

$120
RP 93
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2020 Eisele Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, USA

WINEGROWING INFORMATION

Unlike the prior vintage, 2020 was challenging from the very beginning: low winter rainfall early in the dormancy phase prevented an early bud break despite warm temperatures. The continuing trend in the spring led to hydric stress early in the growing season. However, the Sauvignon planted on deep clay soils and north-facing slopes benefitted from a cooling effect, creating favorable ripening conditions with very cool nights and seasonable temperatures from mid-July to mid-August. We harvested the first Sauvignon Blanc Musque on August 17th and finished with the later ripening block adjacent to the winery on September 1st. This relatively early pick allowed us to capture extraordinary freshness in the wines. The clusters were small and concentrated with an unprecedented level of aromatic intensity, which revealed itself in the depth of our underground cave. The batonnage was performed continuously until December, even during the harrowing week of fires that surrounded our area. The “elevage sur lies” lasted for a year, protecting the flavors, enriching and swathing the wine with creamy and savory components, suggesting a long and glorious bottle life. The grapes were certified ‘Organic’ by CCOF and ‘Biodynamic’ by Demeter. The wines were aged on their lees for 12 months, in a combination of stainless steel (28%), concrete eggs (14%), used oak (36%) and new oak (22%).

TASTING NOTES

Our winemaking team notes: “The nose of the 2020 Sauvignon Blanc slowly opens with scents of white flowers and candied nectarine. A gentle swirl unlocks incredibly delicate notes of pink grapefruit, orange blossom, lemon curd with meringue, white musk and a hint of oyster shell. The palate delivers crystalline minerality and creaminess with notes of toasted brioche, rose petal and lily of the valley, leading to a very pure and precise finish. Against the odds set by the exceptional climatic pressure of the vintage, this is perhaps the most vibrant and subtle Sauvignon Blanc ever produced from the Eisele Vineyard.”

GRAPE SOURCE

80% Sauvignon Blanc Musqué
20% Sauvignon Blanc
Eisele Vineyard, Napa Valley
1,130 cases made
Release date: February 9, 2022

RP 93

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of nectarines, grapefruit and orange blossoms, plus hints of chalk dust, white pepper and oyster shell, with a gentle waft of beeswax. Medium-bodied, elegant and refreshing, the palate delivers impressive intensity with a backbone of racy acidity and a long, chalky finish. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: October 2021. Drinking window: 2022-2031.

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HOLIDAY PROMOTION: Applies to only U.S. contiguous states, and excludes Alaska and Hawaii. Expires December 31, 2022.

We ship within the United States to AK, AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MO, MT, NC, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WA, WI, WV, and WY.

FREE SHIPPING INSURANCE: We provide FREE carrier insurance for lost or damaged shipments (per carrier terms and conditions.)

FREE WINE STORAGE: We provide FREE 6 Months wine cellar storage from date of purchase. Please choose this option at checkout and we will coordinate shipping for a later date.

SHIPPING: During warm summer weather, we recommend to only ship within the United States with Same Day or Overnight Service to protect the wines from environmental damage. If you would like to waive this protection by shipping Ground, we will request a waiver be signed.

PACKAGING: Our premium wines need optimal temperature consistency; therefore are packaged in EPS foam shippers with gel pack (when needed) and shipped only during ideal weather temperatures.

WEATHER HOLD: In adverse temperature conditions, we reserve the right to withhold shipment until ideal temperatures return unless we receive explicit instructions via email to release the wines, voiding any guarantee. We will contact you if a hold is necessary.

FULFILLMENT: Shipments are via GLS, FedEx, or UPS.

  • Orders received Sunday - Wednesday before 6:00 p.m. will ship the following day.
  • Orders received Thursday-Saturday will ship on Monday.

DELIVERY:

  • FedEx Same Day Service within Los Angeles Metro area may be available if order is placed before noon, but not guaranteed. Please contact us directly at (626)340-0795 to facilitate expedited service.
  • All shipments are recommended for Same Day or Overnight. Ground shipping to Mid and East Coast states is not recommended at this time due to warm temperatures.

Adult Signature: By law, all shipments of alcohol must be received and authorized by an adult. Our delivery carriers will not release packages without an adult signature and additional charges may be incurred if the package requires withholding or redirection.

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We ship within the United States to: Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Washington D.C., West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

RP 93

Robert Parker Wine Advocate

The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc comes bounding out of the glass with exuberant notes of nectarines, grapefruit and orange blossoms, plus hints of chalk dust, white pepper and oyster shell, with a gentle waft of beeswax. Medium-bodied, elegant and refreshing, the palate delivers impressive intensity with a backbone of racy acidity and a long, chalky finish. Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown, Issue date: October 2021. Drinking window: 2022-2031.

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