2014 Terroir Sauvignon Blanc
2014 was another dry year for the vineyard; most of the precipitation occurred just before bud break. The spring rain was a welcome sight as it allowed for normal vine canopy growth. The rest of the growing season consisted of cool mornings and warm days. Much like the previous vintage, this growing period started earlier than anticipated and we began harvesting on August 23rd. We were planning to harvest the rest of our fruit on August 25, but a 6.1 earthquake struck Napa on August 24th at 3:20 am. This definitely changed our harvest plan. The winery we utilize in the making of our Coquerel wines was damaged; eight hundred barrels from previous vintages had fallen to the cellar floor. We were finally able to hand harvest early in the morning on August 28th. The winemaking community of Napa assisted us in finding a winery to host Coquerel Wines for crush and fermentation.
The fruit for our 2014 Terroir Sauvignon Blanc came from our estate Walnut Wash Vineyard in Calistoga. Once in the winery the clusters were de-stemmed and gently pressed to avoid any bitterness. The juice was settled and fermented in small French oak barrels, 10% of which were new. The wine was aged sur lie with frequent stirring to increase body and texture. Bottling took place in May 2015.
Our 2014 Terroir follows in the footsteps of its predecessors. Although somewhat restrained in its youth, the bouquet is redolent with orange marmalade, kumquat and a hint of vanilla. The palate opens with zingy acidity followed by a creamy mid-palate and a long finish packed with grapefruit and guava. While it drinks beautifully now, this is one of those rare Sauvignon Blancs that will continue to improve with age.