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About This Wine: Three Sauvignon Blanc clones provide distinct characteristics in this intensely flavorful wine from our estate vineyard in Carneros, Napa Valley’s coolest and southernmost appellation.<br/><br/> Grapes are carefully sorted and gently whole-cluster pressed before the juice is fermented three ways: 47% in small stainless steel barrels, 45% in French oak barrels (20% new) and 8% in concrete eggs. Aged on the lees for eight months and stirred frequently, a small percentage of the lots have undergone malolactic fermentation for additional texture and aromatic complexity.<br/><br/> About The Winery: Bob Hartwell's passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth generation Californian, has over thirty years of success in the aerospace and plumbing industries. As a successful manufacturer of quality products, Bob has never been a stranger to striving for quality over quantity at any cost. He has always known that the best quality materials result in the best quality products.<br/><br/> Bob's obsession with producing the best didn't stop at the manufacturing plant. Bob knew that fulfilling the dream of owning his own vineyard meant finding the best place to grow the best Cabernet Sauvignon. With the help of a respected wine consultant, he found the property he had been searching for. The unplanted hillside in the Stag's Leap District, now Hartwell Estate, was the birthplace of his dream.<br/><br/> Dick Grace shared his Bouche Clone from Grace Family Vineyards, and collaborated with Bob on Hartwell's very first production. In 1990 after 22 months in new French oak barrels, the wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, was released with explosive success. This established the tradition of quality and style that continues to distinguish Hartwell wines.<br/><br/> In addition to making great wine, Blanca and Bob Hartwell are dedicated to the tradition of charitable giving. Their ongoing philanthropic efforts are instrumental to organizations that improve the lives of children.<br/><br/> The Winemakers: <strong>Benoit Touquette, Winemaker</strong> - Benoit holds a Masters degree of Enology and Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux. He has worked at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton. Early in his career Benoit made wine for Michel Rolland, "The Flying Winemaker," in South Africa at Remhoogte Estate. Benoit is a star on the rise in the wine world and is devoted to continuing the Hartwell tradition of producing wines of distinction and acclaim.<br/><br/> <strong>Consulting Winemaker, Michel Rolland</strong> - Considered the world's most influential winemaker and a graduate of the prestigious Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology, Michel Rolland has joined Hartwell Vineyards as a consulting winemaker.<br/><br/> Technical Analysis: <strong>Appellation:</strong> Carneros, Napa Valley<br/><br/> <strong>Alcohol:</strong> 14.2<br/><br/> <strong>Blend:</strong> Sauvignon Blanc<br/><br/> <strong>Aging:</strong> 8 Months<br/><br/>
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