The Rawls vineyard is located in the northern portion of the Napa Valley, within the Calistoga sub-appellation. The vineyard is distinguished by its volcanic soil, high temperatures up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit during the day and cool nights during the growing season. This wide diurnal swing from hot days to cool nights provides perfect conditions for growing expressive Sauvignon Blanc fruit.This vineyard has proven itself over the years to produce wines with structure, complexity, and bold fruit.
The 2017 growing season was hot and dry.This allowed the inherently thick-skinned Sauvignon Blanc grapes to develop early and get harvested early.This vintage was marked by the tragic Wine Country fires that began on the evening of October 7th. Our Sauvignon Blanc and most of our other varietals were harvested before the fires began.In spite of the devastating fires,the 2017 grape harvest turned out excellent fruit from which we made great wine.
Fifty percent of the Sauvignon Blanc juice went through 24 hours of skin contact. The juice to skin contact in a white wine will increase varietal aromas and mouth feel prior to fermentation.This method has become a hallmark of Judd’s Hill Sauvignon Blanc production.The two lots were then blended prior to bottling. No Malolactic fermentation or Oak aging took place. Hints of lime,green apple, passion fruit, and white peach are a few of the dominant flavors of Judd’s Hill’s 2017 Sauvignon Blanc. This fruit forward wine also provides a long finish to enjoy after the sip.
Basic chemistry teaches us to pair the wine with the dominant feature in the food. Therefore,the seasoning becomes the dominant feature to pair the wine with. Generally, spicy cuisines such as Indian, Latin, and Asian dishes will bring out the luscious fruit of the wine. Fish, poultry, beef or spicy lamb rubs will do the job magnificently.
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