Gamble Family Vineyards
2011 Yountville Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc •Gamble Vineyard
Today’s Gamble Family Vineyards 2011 Yountville Sauvignon Blanc is truly extraordinary. We just wish that we had more of this wine available.
This remarkable Sauvignon Blanc was the unquestionable hit of our most recent tasting panel. We found the wine to be so fantastic that Agent Red secured as many bottles as the winery could muster. We anticipate that this wine will sell out, so please be sure to buy yours as soon as possible. And, be sure to stock up.
Today’s Sauvignon Blanc is a crisp, delicious wine that has a fantastically silky mouth feel. The fruit for this gorgeous wine hails from Gamble’s own Yountville vineyard at the northern border of the Yountville appellation - which itself is situated dead-center in the Napa Valley. The vineyard’s loamy clay soils and low elevation create the perfect conditions for Sauvignon Blanc. The hills that surround the vineyard provide great shade while also trapping fog, cooling the grapes and coaxing out the classic flavors that the grape offers.
Please do not miss out on this truly extraordinary example of Sauvignon Blanc - at today’s truly extraordinary price.
Pale golden hues throughout the glass, with just a touch of viscosity as you give the wine a swirl.
Very aromatic, highlighted by white peach, apricot tart, lime zest, dried lime leaf, lavender leaf, and a touch of flinty minerality. Lime flower highlight
Crisp and refreshing, with Meyer lemon, grapefruit zest, lemon curd, slight vanilla bean, white pepper, and the minerality hinted at in the nose. Slight lemongrass
A lovely mouthfeel, with a zippy acidity and a slight bite to the palate. A really lovely wine - incredibly elegant and classic
Grilled salmon with a lemon-dill butter drizzled overtop.
What the Winery Says
Lively aromas of honeyed elderflower, spiced apple and citrus marmalade. Crisp and refreshing acidity married with an unctuous oily mouthfeel support flavors of baked pear, lime and jasmine. The finish is long with complex mineral, white pepper and citrus notes.
The twelve-acre Gamble Vineyard sits at the northerly edge of the Yountville Appellation in the geographic center of Napa Valley. This superb site, framed by rugged mountains to the east and west and bound by two rivers, is warm enough to develop Sauvignon Blanc’s tropical fruit flavors, yet cool enough to retain its natural fruit balance and crispness. Tom Gamble chose his bud wood by massale selection, a traditional practice of obtaining cuttings from great vineyards possessing highly desirable traits. Half of the Gamble vineyard is planted to the Sauvignon Musque clone, a third generation of the original bud wood brought from the Loire in the 1950s. The other half is planted to the Preston (Lou Preston) clone, descended from the Graves region of Bordeaux. We farm organically to achieve healthy and balanced vines. Our fruit is hand-harvested cold, in the early hours of the day, and taken directly to the press to preserve fruit and flavor integrity.
- Jim Close
- Yountvillle, Napa Valley, California
- Fruit Variety
- 53% Preston Sauvignon Blanc, 47% vrais Sauvignon Musque de Loire
- Farming Practices
- 100% Organic
- Gamble Vineyard
About the Winery
My (ad)venture in wine seems to me to be a natural progression of history. As a third generation Napa farmer, I have been influenced all my life by my forebears’ lives in agriculture. They have left, as part of their legacy, their deep and abiding affinity for the land from which came not only their livelihood, but also a life full of purpose. I am hopeful I can transfer that way of life to yet another generation.
Given this legacy, one does not continue farming for dispassionate reasons alone—there are easier ways to make a living.
And thus, taking the next step and putting one’s name on a bottle of wine does not come lightly.
All our wines are produced in small quantities, with the careful attention to farming my forebears would expect. I hope you will try one or more of my wines and let me know if you agree.