2016 Buoncristiani Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
WINEMAKER JAY BUONCRISTIANI'S RECENT TASTING NOTES:
2016 Buoncristiani Sauvignon Blanc - 274 cases originally crafted. Bright yellow, slightly golden hue. This wine opens up impressively with bright grapefruit, honeysuckle, Meyer lemon, vanilla wafer, and white peach. On the palate find flavors of lemon, grapefruit, honeydew, green melon, and a slight bottle bouquet. Finishes with more lemon flavors and only a slightly shortened finish softened by time but very clean and smooth. This is a perfect summer wine for the summer of 2022. Like most great white Bordeaux wines this easily has another couple years left to give smiles especially if you like the touch of age on your cellared white wines. It is almost triple digits in Napa today and I'm stoked to have this bottle open! My recommendation: drink now or over the next two years.
ORIGINAL TECHNICAL NOTES:
The Buoncristiani Brothers proudly present this vintage 2016 release of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. Achieving our desired style and profile for this young program was accomplished through careful vineyard and clonal selection, proper maturity at harvest, and very specific handling of the juice on the gentle path towards bottling.
Harvest timing was essential, allowing for full flavor development and phenolic maturity in the skins of the Sauvignon Blanc berries. Once the desired flavors were at their peak, the fruit was hand-harvested in the early cold morning and gently whole-cluster pressed. The juice was then slowly fermented by both native and specially selected yeast in a combination of small stainless steel drums and French oak barrels. Upon dryness, barrel stirring of the lees commenced to increase the complexity of the aromas and mouthfeel. Malolactic activity was suppressed so as to preserve the true Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors and maintain the crisp acidity in the finish. The multiple barrel and stainless steel components were then blended and bottled after 6 months of sur lie aging
Complex aromas of lemon zest, ripe ruby grapefruit, jalapeno jam, orange sherbert, floral muscat, vanilla, and lemon cream pie entice the senses. On the palate, a creamy texture leads the way to layered flavors of mango, green melon, nectarine, key lime pie, honeysuckle and vanilla wafer. Zesty citrus flavors, tropical fruit and ultra-bright acidity linger in the crisp and clean finish.