2018 Hill Family Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley, California

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The Hill family had been growing grapes for some of Napa’s top producers for over
forty years before they decided to create their own wines. Each member of the
family works in together in farming the grapes, selling the wine, and along with
Alison Doran, making their beautiful wines. Alison Doran was mentored by the
legendary winemaker André Tchelistcheff. While Alison’s style is her own, André’s
contributions can be seen in the elegant expressions of the Hill Family collection of
wines.

The Sauvignon Blanc comes from three different clones, all planted in the Windy
Flats Vineyard. The vines are grown at an altitude of about 400 feet, and as the
name of the vineyard suggests, the site is cooled by wind. The famous Bay Area fog
descends from the bluffs onto the vineyard, further cooling the site in the morning
as it travels to the valley floor below. Rocky soils mean the vines roots are forced
to grow deep, which many believe produces more complex aromas. The grapes
were separated into separate pressings: one done in whole cluster press (to give
more phenolic expression) and the other press received a cold soak at around 60°F
on the skins to extract more aromatic compounds. The Sauvignon Blanc was
blended with Semillon to add more structure and enhance the mouthfeel of the
final wine. Notes of orange blossom, preserved lemon, and pineapple comprise the
nose, with loads of refreshing acidity on the palate.

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