2020 Ladera Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
93 Points - Dale Robertson, Houston Chronicle
The 2020 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc is comprised of Sauvignon Blanc clone 1 and Sauvignon Musque, exclusively sourced from Ryan’s Vineyard, located in the Oak Knoll District AVA. Meticulous attention-to-detail in the vineyard and a unique micro-climate, make Ryan’s Vineyard one of the finest Sauvignon Blanc vineyards in all of Napa Valley, producing wines with inherent varietal distinction, intense fruit expression and great balance.
The Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque grapes were harvested in the cool hours of the night then whole cluster pressed to preserve the delicate fruit aromas. The juice was cold settled for 24 hours in tank then transferred to French oak (15% new, 50% neutral) and stainless-steel barrels (35%) and to undergo fermentation. The wine was aged sur-lies and stirred routinely to create a long, rich and complex palate.
The 2020 Ladera Sauvignon Blanc jumps from the glass with ripe tropical and stone fruits. Aromas of passionfruit, pineapple, white peach and grapefruit are complimented with floral scents of honeysuckle and citrus blossom. The flavorful palate is pure and focused, balanced with a juicy texture and quenching acidity that lingers from start to finish.