While the Inglenook Estate is perhaps best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, the lower portion of our Chateau vineyard, known as Tank House, has proven to be an exceptional site for growing white grape varieties. The sandy-clay loam soils in this area of the Estate that has great water-holding capacity and underlying gravel for drainage, features that are critical for the development of both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
During the 2017 vintage, winter and spring rainfall was bountiful, totaling nearly 50 inches. The flowering of Sauvignon Blanc at Inglenook was rapid, if slightly late, with full bloom occurring at the end of May. High mid-June temperatures put ripening back on track. Final ripening was uniform making for a perfect harvest before the fires consumed the terroir.
Aging: 8 months 85% Stainless Steel, 10% New French Oak, and 5% Neutral French Oak.
Tasting Notes: White Wine. 100% Sauvignon Blanc. The 2017 Inglenook Sauvignon Blanc opens with fresh, subtle notes of lemon-lime zest, white peach, lemongrass, and citrus blossoms. A light touch of French oak adds structure and complexity to this surprisingly full-bodied, vibrant wine, which exhibits distinct minerality on the palate. The finish is highly aromatic with lingering freshness and a return of the citrus and white peach notes present on the nose.
Made entirely of Sauvignon Blanc, the 2017 Sauvignon Blanc comes bursting out of the glass with vibrant pineapple and passion fruit notes pus hints of yuzu zest and lemongrass. Medium-bodied, the palate delivers an electric charge of citrus and tropical flavors with a racy backbone and great length. ~92 Robert Parker
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