Introduced with the 2014 vintage, our Sauvignon Blanc marks an exciting milestone for Rombauer Vineyards — the first new varietal introduced in more than 20 years and only the second white wine in our 40-year history.
The fruit for this wine comes from premium growing sites in Napa Valley and Sonoma County that offer abundant sunshine yet moderate temperatures — ideal conditions for cultivating delicious Sauvignon Blanc.
Good rains in March and April replenished reservoirs and led to healthy vine growth which we managed through leafing and cluster thinning. Weather during the summer and fall was moderate, and we finished picking our Sauvignon Blanc on September 27th. Sustainable farming practices throughout the growing season were tailored to each block with the assistance of aerial photos produced using NDVI (Normalized Difference Vegetation Index) technology. The fruit was handpicked at dawn and sorted in the vineyard.
The grapes were gently whole-cluster pressed while the fruit was still cool. The majority of the juice was fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the remainder fermented in a combination of French oak barrels and concrete tanks, imparting weight and texture to the finished wine. The wine was bottled under Stelvin aluminum closure — another Rombauer first — to preserve the freshness and vibrancy so appealing in this Sauvignon Blanc.
This wine is brilliant pale yellow with a bright green hue. It exudes aromas of lime, mango, grapefruit and white peach with a hint of fresh-cut grass. The palate is fresh and enticing, as grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit intertwine with keylime, making the mouth water. Balanced yet lively acidity lingers on the palate inviting another taste. The finish gives the wine length and vibrant freshness.