About This Wine: We are proud to present Hartwell Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc from our estate vineyard in Carneros. O...Read more...
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About This Wine: We are proud to present Hartwell Vineyard’s Sauvignon Blanc from our estate vineyard in Carneros. Our vineyard, in Napa Valley’s cool southernmost appellation, is just one mile from San Francisco/San Pablo Bay. Three distinct clones of Sauvignon Blanc provide individual characteristics in this layered, complex wine. Grapes are carefully sorted to eliminate imperfections and then gently whole-cluster pressed. The resulting juice is clean and intense, with rich flavor and mouthwatering acidity.<br/><br/> The wine was fermented in 60% small stainless steel barrels and 40% French oak château barrels (25% new oak). The small stainless barrels bring a vibrant acidity to the wine and protect the lively varietal character. The wine's bright aromatics include notes of mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and vanilla while the creamy mouth feel is balanced by mouthwatering acidity.<br/><br/> Aged on the lees for eight months and stirred frequently, some barrels have accomplished the malolatic fermentation to give more complexity to the blend. This Sauvignon Blanc is meant to be enjoyed now, while some time in the bottle will enhance the wine’s delicious mineral characteristics.<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> Eight Months<br/><br/> <strong>Produced:</strong> 500 cases<br/><br/>
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