Hourglass Sauvignon Blanc 2017
|Region||California, Napa Valley|
Primary aromas of lemon and lime zest, orange blossom and Granny Smith apples are followed on the palate with a layered blend of limeade, cut hay, white peach, pineapple and vanilla bean. A noticeable wet stone minerality from the Larkmead fruit provides a wonderful counterbalance and vibrant tension to the pure fruit expressions from the Varozza and Gamble vineyards. A mixture of barrel and tank fermentations (40% barrel/60% tank), with about 15% new oak, provide a range of textures from rich mid-palate creaminess, to a crisp vibrancy. Long, low temperature fermentations and lees stirring create an environment for the yeast to struggle, leading to greater complexity and richness, while natural acidity adds a tensional lift and dimension to the rich mid-palate fruit.