Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc has become one of my favorite varietals to make, and to drink. As the first grape to hit the crush pad each season at Clif Family, it brings excitement and enthusiasm to the winery as we kick off the newest vintage. At our winemaking facility, we toast the start of vintage as the first bin of Sauvignon Blanc is dumped into the press.
Diversity in winemaking style has made this varietal so unique in the Napa Valley. With varying levels of ripeness at harvest, a winemaker can create a clean, crisp and grassy Sauvignon Blanc, or a tropical, rich and fruit driven Sauvignon Blanc. The juice can be fermented in stainless steel tanks, oak barrels, stainless steel barrels, or concrete vessels. The wine can be aged in barrel for several months or bottled up right after harvest. We are excited to show off our latest releases, and two great examples of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc.
2017 Rte Blanc, Sauvignon Blanc – Translated to “white road”, Clif Bar co-founders, Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, encourage you to always opt for the white road journey, the roads less traveled. With lemon peel, orange blossom, jasmine, green apple, fresh peach on the nose, this wine is loaded with fruit on the entry, followed by a burst of mouthwatering acidity that expands the palate and resonates through to the finish. This vintage of Rte Blanc has exceptional balance and length.
2017 Oak Knoll District Sauvignon Blanc – Made from a single vineyard site in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, this Sauvignon Blanc is terroir driven and made in a riper and richer style. Apricot, cantaloupe melon, ripe pineapple, rose petal and lemon rind are offset by a stunning minerality and a kiss of oak. The fruits burst with flavor on the entry, encompassed by a zippy mid palate, wonderful structure and a long, citrus finish.
As we enjoy the last days of summer and gear up for the harvest season, we encourage you to visit us at the Clif Family Winery Tasting Room!