2009 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Case
Our 2009 Cornerstone Cellars Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the cool of the morning (pictured above) on the 9th of September. The ripe, beautiful golden fruit was gently pressed to extract only the highest quality free-run juice, maintaining and protecting the natural brilliant aromatic and flavor profile while minimizing phenolic (tannin) interference. An extremely cool, gradual fermentation in stainless steel enhanced the retention of the delicate, lifted aromatic and flavor characteristics of this beautiful vineyard. After over a month of slow, cold fermentation the wine was racked into mature barrels for sur-lie aging that added a richness to the mid-palate and a lingering, complex finish.
As always, the true character of this wine comes from vineyard. These dry-farmed old vines (clone 1) from the Talcott Vineyard in St. Helena utilized the natural residual moisture in the soil to produce a crop that ripened evenly and consistently so flavors and sugars came together harmoniously with a beautiful natural acidity. The 2009 vintage was a mild one. A dry, cool winter brought a late bud break. Then spring rains produced lush canopies, necessitating extra attention in the vineyard on our part to balance between vegetation and fruit. June heat stopped the vegetative growth and prompted véraison. A moderate summer with welcomed late season heat spells meant ripening occurred at a relatively even pace, allowing the fruit the chance to develop perfect acidity.