2011 Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc •Single Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
Today’s 2011 Maroon Wines Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc is a lively, refreshing, delicious treat that is perfect for summertime sipping or fine dining.
We’ve had the distinct pleasure of showcasing Maroon’s wines over the last several years and we always find them to be exceptional. With today’s Sauvignon Blanc, Paul Maroon shows his developing prowess as a Napa Valley winemaker.
Today’s wine is a lively and complex summertime refresher that begs to be enjoyed with a wide variety of foods. Fantastic on its own, but great with food, we recommend this wine with everything from a fruit & cheese plate to battered fish or even a cream sauce pasta.
This wine is drinking beautifully now, and we’ll be holding some aside for Thanksgiving dinner.
Brilliant light gold with edges that catch the light, casting off golden glints.
Bright and lively, with fresh green fig, green apple, fresh fennel, lime leaf and subtle lemon.
Softly puckering and bright, with tart lime, lemon shortcake cookie, young yellow peach, lime zest and a hint of toasty caramel.
Long and bright with tart citrus and lime leaf. Gradually drying with a hint of toasty oak at the very end.
A classic British fish & chips would be an ideal pairing. Crab cakes with a fennel frond, lemon and garlic aioli would also be superb.
What the Winery Says
This is the third year we have worked with this vineyard site just north of St. Helena, although we’ve been big fans of upvalley Sauvignon Blanc for years. The warmer days and cool nights are a great combination for allowing the fruit to fully ripen but still maintain a bright acidity. The fermented wine was transferred to French oak barrels and aged for 5 months prior to spring bottling. To maintain as much of the wines natural acidity as possible, the wine was not put through malolactic fermentation. We also incorporated 1/3 new French oak during barrel aging. This amount of oak really accentuates the fruit and adds a richness to the naturally crisp tone of this wine.
This wine has beautiful aromas of figs, pears, green apples with hints and vanilla oak notes. The mouthfeel has great vibrancy and freshness. It is expressing a combination of nice crisp acidity but also a richness of texture on the mid-palate. It is refreshing medium bodied wine with a vibrant citrus finish.
- Paul Maroon
- Napa Valley, California
- Single Vineyard
About the Winery
Maroon Wines was founded by Paul Maroon in 2008. The focus of Maroon is usually on single varietal, single vineyard wines and their philosophy is to introduce as little winemaking manipulation as possible from the vineyard to the bottle.
Along with their “estate” vineyard, Maroon sources from a variety of premium vineyards in the valley and hand crafts a number of very small production wines from vineyard sources that may change from year to year. These wines are often only made available to their wine club and a select few others, like The Wine Spies.
The focus of Maroon is usually on single varietal, single vineyard wines. Winemaker Paul Maroon’s philosophy is to introduce as little winemaking manipulation as possible from the vineyard to the bottle.
Winemaker Paul Maroon
Paul Maroon became interested in winemaking over 40 years ago while as a young man helping his uncle make wine in Pennsylvania. After earning a college degree on the East Coast he came to California for his MBA. In the back of his mind he always knew that, for him, Napa Valley was the place to be.
Paul visited as often as possible throughout the years and finally, in 2000, looking to return to this agricultural roots, he realized his dream and relocated to the Napa Valley. He purchased property just north of the city of Napa and there he began his life as a vintner and has been growing grapes and making fine wines ever since.
For ten years Paul had a lucrative contract with Joseph Phelps to sell them the Cabernet Sauvignon from his Coombsville vineyard. These grapes were used in their Insignia blend. Before the contract ended, Paul made under two barrels of wine for himself and realized the quality of fruit his vineyard could achieve as a single varietal, single vineyard wine. As a result, his first commercial vintage of Maroon Wines came two years later in 2008.