Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley, California

The genesis of great wines is great vineyards. Our Oso Vineyard, located between Sugarloaf Mountain and Howell Mountain in the great Napa Valley, is truly a special labor of love. In 2004, our family planted this spot with cuttings from one of the best-known rootstocks of Sauvignon Blanc with origins tracing to the esteemed Château d'Yquem and which first made its way to California via Charles Wetmore, renowned wine pioneer of the 1880s. Ten years after planting and using the same trellising methods from the 19th century, we made our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, our Heritage Block has delivered beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, vintage after vintage.

Tasting Notes

The 2019 Animo Heritage Sauvignon Banc is a medium straw color, and has a captivating white peach, vanilla bean, brioche, and lemongrass aromatics. As the wine evolves in the glass, notes of lime zest, yuzu, and blood orange begin to showcase. Rich in texture, there are intense flavors of apricot, lemon curd, and nectarine. It is powerful, sophisticated, round & long on the palate, with all the hallmarks of the Loire valley yet wholly California interpretation of the Sauvignon Blanc grape.

The beginning of the 2019 growing season was defined by copious rainfall and late soil moisture. The long, warm summer saw very few extreme heat events, with foggy mornings setting the stage for vibrant & expressive wines. The long, relatively mild finish to the season, not without its moments of unpredictability, helped to preserve freshness and finesse in the fruit with abundant hang time teasing out great color, structure, and tannins. Yield size is slightly below average. All in all, exceptional fruit with bright acidity and ample texture promises an amazing vintage.

Fermentation commenced in temperature-controlled micro stainless-steel tanks until sugar conversion was half complete. From there, the must was transferred to barrel with 15% of the final blend fermented and aged in new French oak and the balance held in 1- to 2-year-old neutral French oak barrels.

BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc AGING: 15% new French oak for 7 months, 85% neutral French oak ALCOHOL 13.9%; TA 7.8 g/L; pH 3.2 CASES PRODUCED 200 SRP: $65

The genesis of great wines is great vineyards. Our Oso Vineyard, located between Sugarloaf Mountain and Howell Mountain in the great Napa Valley, is truly a special labor of love. In 2004, our family planted this spot with cuttings from one of the best-known rootstocks of Sauvignon Blanc with origins tracing to the esteemed Château d'Yquem and which first made its way to California via Charles Wetmore, renowned wine pioneer of the 1880s. Ten years after planting and using the same trellising methods from the 19th century, we made our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, our Heritage Block has delivered beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, vintage after vintage.

The genesis of great wines is great vineyards. Our Oso Vineyard, located between Sugarloaf Mountain and Howell Mountain in the great Napa Valley, is truly a special labor of love. In 2004, our family planted this spot with cuttings from one of the best-known rootstocks of Sauvignon Blanc with origins tracing to the esteemed Château d'Yquem and which first made its way to California via Charles Wetmore, renowned wine pioneer of the 1880s. Ten years after planting and using the same trellising methods from the 19th century, we made our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, our Heritage Block has delivered beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, vintage after vintage.

Tasting Notes

With aromas of freshly cut nectarine, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, the palate offers firm stone fruits of white peach and apricot alongside crisp mango. Subtle yet prevalent elements of French oak add a viscosity with hints of hazelnut to balance the fresh, razor-edge acidity.

February 2018 saw abundant rains, followed by lots of filtered light in spring and early summer. Both bud break and flowering occurred a bit late, but under ideal weather conditions, creating plentiful and even fruit set. Summer brought generous sun during the day and cooler marine influences, virtually uninterrupted by major heat spikes. The relatively mild summer followed by extended fall sunshine and moderate heat created near-ideal conditions for winemakers to allow their fruit to accumulate flavor complexity with gradual increases in sugar levels. Volume was great, up 20-30% over average crop quantity and harvest was completed just after Labor Day.

Fermentation commenced in temperature-controlled micro stainless steel tanks until sugar conversion was half complete. From there, the must was transferred to barrel with 15% of the final blend fermented and aged in new French oak and the balance held in 1 to 2 year old neutral French oak barrels.

BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc AGING: 15% new French oak for 7 months, 85% neutral French oak ALCOHOL 13.9%; TA 7.8 g/L; pH 3.2 CASES PRODUCED 200 SRP: $65

The genesis of great wines is great vineyards. Our Oso Vineyard, located between Sugarloaf Mountain and Howell Mountain in the great Napa Valley, is truly special labor of love. In 2004, our family planted this spot with cuttings from one of the best-known rootstocks of Sauvignon Blanc with origins tracing to the esteemed Château d'Yquem and which first made their way to California via Charles Wetmore, renowned wine pioneer of the 1880s. Ten years after planting and using the same trellising methods from the 19th century, we made our first vintage of Sauvignon Blanc. Since then, our Heritage Block has delivered beautiful Sauvignon Blanc, vintage after vintage.

Tasting Notes

With aromas of freshly cut nectarine, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass, the palate offers firm stone fruits of white peach and apricot alongside crisp mango. Subtle yet prevalent elements of French oak add a viscosity with hints of hazelnut to balance the fresh, razor-edge acidity.

While the abundant rainfall during the preceding Winter and at the start of 2017 was a blessing, the vines were vigorous leading to methodical canopy management to ensure optimal amounts of sun on the grape clusters. Spring was mild and resulted in extended flowering in some areas with very little grape shatter. Summer came with record-breaking temperatures soaring over 100 degrees throughout the Valley and was mixed with scattered, light Summer rains. The 2017 growing season, needless to say, was certainly a busy and eventful year in the Napa Valley and was also marked by a rare and notable solar eclipse on August 21 which happened to kick-off harvest in our vineyard. Many aromatic white varieties, including our Sauvignon Blanc, reached maturation slightly earlier than expected thereby resulting in an early harvest which, in our vineyard, was complete well before Labor Day.

Fermentation commenced in temperature-controlled micro stainless steel tanks until sugar conversion was half complete. From there, the must was transferred to barrel with 15% of the final blend fermented and aged in new French oak and the balance held in 1 to 2 year old neutral French oak barrels.

BLEND: 100% Sauvignon Blanc AGING: 15% new French oak for 7 months, 85% neutral French oak ALCOHOL 13.7%; TA 7.5 g/L; pH 3.2 CASES PRODUCED 170 SRP: $65

  • 95-96

    points

    James Suckling, February 2020

    "This is very energetic with a creamy texture and a depth of fruit that is aided by a vertical line of acidity that takes you down. Steely and rich and the same time."

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  • 90

    points

    Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate, October 2018

    "The 2017 Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc gives lovely lime leaves, lemon juice, fresh grapefruit and ripe pear notes with hints of chopped herbs and elderflower. Medium-bodied, crisp, refreshing and wonderfully minerally in the mouth, it finishes long and zesty."

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2019 Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc – 95-96pts, James Suckling – Sell Sheet

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