2011 Estate Sauvigon Blanc
California: Carneros - Los Carneros (Napa)
Today’s 2011 Hartwell Estates Sauvignon Blanc is one of the very finest we have ever tasted. Built in a bolder, more flavorful style than most, today’s Sauv Blanc is packed with fruit and balanced by subtle minerals and savory characteristics.
Ready to enjoy now, this wine actually has the sort of structure to give it additional aging potential. Enjoy now, but be sure to lay a few bottles down for the next two to three years. It should progress beautifully.
Pair this bright, food-friendly wine with stuffed grilled pepper, a darker grilled fish, scampini, ahi or swordfish.
Very highly recommended for any white wine fan.
Skinny legs start slow and then run swiftly down the glass. The wine is crystalline and clear with light golden hues. A fine sliver of faint chartreuse shows at the edges of the wine.
Big and fragrant with cantaloupe rind, mountain forest, high-desert pine, pineapple, gooseberry, grapefruit blossom, subtle kiwi and river rock minerality.
At the front of the palate, viscous and full. Then, a zesty acidity hits at the rear palate giving a slight zing. Flavors of pink grapefruit, melon rind, gooseberry and kiwi take the lead. As the wine warms, flavors of cantaloupe and lemongrass emerge.
Ultra-long, very clean and weighty packed with persistent fruit that lingers across the entire palate.
What the Winery Says
The 2011 Hartwell Estate Sauvignon Blanc showcases classic varietal aromas of cantaloupe, eucalyptus, kiwi and lemongrass. On the palate, complex flavors of pink grapefruit, Galia melon, and wet stone join the aromatic components, finishing with a sweet and refreshing acidity. This Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed upon release, while time in the bottle will enhance its delicious mineral characteristics.
About the Winery
Bob Hartwell’s passion for wine stems from his decades as an avid collector. Bob, a fourth generation Californian, has never been a stranger to striving for quality over quantity at any cost. He has always known that the best quality materials result in the best quality products.
Bob’s obsession with producing the best didn’t stop at the manufacturing plant. Bob knew that fulfilling the dream of owning his own vineyard meant finding the best place to grow the best Cabernet Sauvignon. With the help of a respected wine consultant, he found the property he had been searching for. The unplanted hillside in the Stag’s Leap District, now Hartwell Estate, was the birthplace of his dream.
Dick Grace shared his Bouche Clone from Grace Family Vineyards, and collaborated with Bob on Hartwell’s very first production. In 1990 after 22 months in new French oak barrels, the wine, 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, was released with explosive success. This established the tradition of quality and style that continues to distinguish Hartwell wines.
Winemaker Benoit Touquette
When he got a job with a mobile bottling line in Bordeaux, Benoit was introduced to the wine business and his career choice started to crystallize. While working toward his Masters diplomas, Benoit worked at several French wineries in a production capacity. His experience made two things clear to him: he didn’t want to work in Bordeaux, where opportunities were limited if you weren’t born into a wine family; and he did want to be involved with making high end, limited production wines, wherever that might take him.
Benoit brings his extensive Bordeaux experience, a Masters degree of Enology and Chemistry from the University of Bordeaux and stints at several Bordeaux wineries including Chateau La Louviere and Chateau Couhins-Lurton. Early in his career Benoit made wine with famed Consultant Michel Rolland*, “The Flying Winemaker,” in South Africa at **Remhoogte Estate.
With the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland, Benoit got a job with winemaking consultant Andy Erickson in California. Eventually he formed his own consulting business with clients such as Hartwell and Jack Quinn.
Benoit is a star on the rise in the wine world and is devoted to producing wines of distinction and acclaim.