"The 2014 Sauvignon Blanc has gained considerable depth and intensity in bottle. Bright varietal aromatics and flavors abound in this distinctive, striking pure Sauvignon Blanc, but it is the wine's overall balance and poise that stand out most." –Feb-17
Accendo Sauvignon Blanc is the product of discriminating fruit sourcing and conscientious, diligent farming. It is a powerful Sauvignon Blanc, yet with a delicacy and finesse that can only come with a winemaking philosophy that honors the fruit and the vineyard’s terroir. They give this wine extra time in barrel and bottle prior to release, resulting in an exquisitely balanced wine that is aromatically complex, concentrated in flavor and richly textured – a wine influenced by both a Graves from Bordeaux and a Sauvignon Blanc from the New World.
Introducing the third year of severe drought, the 2013-2014 winter was one of the driest on record in California, and rainfall totals for Napa Valley were only half of average. However, with over 11 inches falling in February, what little rain there was came at a perfect time, and provided the grapevines with adequate moisture for good shoot growth, healthy canopies and a moderate, even fruit set. With very few heat spikes, the weather was beautifully consistent, and mild temperatures throughout the summer resulted in an exceptional vintage and the earliest harvest since 2004.
The Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque grapes achieved full ripeness and flavors, while retaining fresh aromatics and acidity of an early
season. They were hand-harvested on August 19th in the cool morning hours, and were brought to the
winery for whole cluster pressing into stainless steel drums and new and once-used French oak barrels, then fermented with primarily native yeasts. The wine was aged sur lie for seven months with weekly batonnage, and bottled on May 21, 2015.