Animo Heritage Sauvignon Blanc

Napa Valley, California

In 2006, Michael Mondavi Family Estate acquired Sauvignon Blanc vine cuttings and propagated a new planting from Oakville’s To Kalon vineyard, known as the oldest surviving Sauvignon Blanc in North America. These cuttings trace their lineage directly to Château d’Yquem, arriving in California in the 1880’s through Charles Wetmore. When the new vineyard was established, Michael Mondavi Family Estate selected the same rootstock and trellising used in the 19th century to further preserve the historical method of grape growing and the remarkable living history of the plant’s genetic origins.

Harvest commenced on August 21, coinciding with the rare occasion of a full solar eclipse. With hand harvesting complete, 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, with the balance held in 1-2 year old (neutral) oak barrels. The wine was then aged for seven months prior to bottling.

100 % Sauvignon Blanc 7.5 g/l Total Acidity 3.2 pH 13.7% Alc. by vol. Production: 170 Cases

In 2006, Michael Mondavi Family Estate acquired Sauvignon Blanc vine cuttings and propagated a new planting from Oakville’s ToKalon vineyard, known as the oldest surviving Sauvignon Blanc in North America. These cuttings trace their lineage directly to Château d’Yquem, arriving in California in the 1880’s through Charles Wetmore. When the new vineyard was established, Michael Mondavi Family Estate selected the same rootstock and trellising used in the 19th century to further preserve the historical method of grape growing and the remarkable living history of the plant’s genetic origins.

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