2017 Hall Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc (375ml)

Winery

Hall Wines encompasses a total of 500 acres of vines on estate vineyards in St. Helena, Rutherford, Pope Valley, Atlas Peak as well as in the Alexander Valley in Sonoma County. Since 2003, Craig Hall and Kathryn Walt Hall have showcased state-of-the-art Napa Valley viticulture, winemaking, architecture and hospitality. Hailing from Texas, Craig Hall has been a successful entrepreneur, venture capitalist and real estate developer. Kathryn Walt Hall grew up in Mendocino, where her family tended vineyards, supplying grapes to several wineries in the region. After a career in law as well as serving as United States Ambassador to Austria, she and Craig returned to California, determined to make a mark in the Napa Valley wine industry. Hall’s estate vineyards offer a rich palette of valley floor and high-elevation terroirs and microclimates from which to craft a range of appellation and single-vineyard wines and proprietary blends. The wines are based mainly on the Bordeaux varietals of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc and are produced in two state-of-the-art wineries. HALL St. Helena is the site of one of the Napa Valley’s earliest wineries built in 1885. The old “ghost winery” building is being restored as a testament to the history of Napa winemaking. It stands next to Hall’s new facility, where the largest share of Hall wines are produced. HALL Rutherford is a gravity flow winery that features stunning design, artisanship as well as artworks the Halls have collected. It is designed specifically for the production of small-lot wine, such as reserve bottlings or proprietary blends. Though Hall is relatively new to the Napa Valley, its team of winemakers, vineyard managers and consultants are dedicated to realizing the visions of the founders. The stellar scores the wines have received show that effort is paying off.

Wine

Because Napa Valley wine production is so dominated by Cabernet Sauvignon, which may require years of aging in barrel and bottle, a wine like Hall’s Sauvignon Blanc provides an early peek into the vintage. And 2017 was quite a year, one that began with the heaviest rains of the decade and ended with the historic and tragic wine-country fires. Fortunately, the fruit for this wine was harvested well before the fires started and matured in soils well-replenished by the rain. Pale yellow with a hint of green, this wine teases with aromatic complexity and refreshes with citrus and pineapple flavors. No excuses or special occasions are necessary to open this handy 375 ml bottling, so make sure you have plenty on hand to last the summer!

Winemaking

From the harvest through bottling, care was taken to limit exposure to oxygen in order to preserve the freshness of the fruit in the wine. Fermentation and aging (as well as gentle lees stirring) was carried out entirely in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting notes

Aromas of lemon zest, fresh pineapple and hints of orange blossom charm the nose while tangy citrus refreshes the palate. Lively acidity and flinty minerality balance the rich flavors with structure and a persistent finish. 

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varietal

Sauvignon Blanc

Size

375ml

Closure

Screw Cap

Alcohol

14.4%

UPC

892159000068