The finished wine is very lively with grapefruit, pear, peach, lemongrass, jasmine, orange blossom and a weighted texture and acidity to extend the flavors on the palate.
Owner David Grieve of Grieve Family Winery is an avid wine lover, but Sauvignon Blanc was not always one of his favorites. In 2002 David bought a house with 10 acres of property located in the middle of Lovall Valley – adjacent to his property was a 60 acre Sauvignon Blanc vineyard. Call it a happy mix of osmosis and proximity, but soon David became a proponent for the varietal and in 2004 he purchased the vineyard. David quickly partnered with Vance Rose, a wine marketing veteran with 30 years of experience. Vance in turn convinced winemaker Michael Terrian, previously of Hanzell and Acacia, to make the wine. Lovall Valley straddles the Napa and Sonoma county line. It is north of Carneros, west of Mt. Veeder, east of the town of Sonoma and mostly situated within the Napa Valley AVA. At 554 feet, the secluded valley is only accessible from the Sonoma side and the organically farmed vineyard sits in the center of the valley on pebbly clay loam soils. The vineyard is divided into two parcels, each is planted with a different clone to provide diversity.
|A blend of estate fruit from two parcels: the south facing parcel (65%) and the north facing parcel (35%). The grapes were picked 14 days apart. The early pick was fermented to dryness in stainless steel and aged in French oak. The fruit from the latter harvest was fermented in new and neutral French oak and stainless steel tank. The lots were blended and aged in for eight months in French oak (30% new).
|Owner David Grieve is an avid lover of wine, but Sauvignon Blanc was not always at the top of his list of favorites. In 2002 David bought a house on 10 acres in the middle of Lovall Valley and adjacent to his house was a Sauvignon Blanc vineyard on 60 acres of land. Soon David was well versed in Sauvignon Blanc from California and in 2004 he purchased that vineyard. David was introduced to Vance Rose, a wine marketing veteran with 30 years experience. Vance agreed to join him and quickly persuaded Michael Terrian, a seasoned artisan winemaker, previously at Hanzell and Acacia, to join and make the wine. Lovall Valley straddles the Napa/Sonoma county line, north of Carneros, west of Mt. Veeder, east of the town of Sonoma, and is mostly within the Napa Valley AVA. At 554 feet, the secluded valley is only accessible from the Sonoma side. The vineyard sits in the center of the valley on pebbly clay loam soils. Two separate clones in two distinct blocks provide diversity for more complex flavors.