Arkenstone Estate Howell Mountain Sauvignon Blanc 2019
|Region||California, Napa Valley, Howell Mountain|
White gold in color, the nose of honeysuckle, caramelized pear, wet stone and jasmine hint at the complexity within. Lemon curd, stone fruit, and honey greet you first, while the full richness of mango, pineapple, white peach, and green apple pie fill the mid-palate. Green apple, pear, and pineapple linger in the incredibly long, satisfying finish. Lush, yet clean and focused, with balanced acidity, this wine pairs beautifully with food.
One of the top whites in the vintage, the 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Howell Mountain is 94% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Semillon aged in equal parts new French oak, once-used barrels, and concrete tanks. Awesome caramelized grapefruit, lime, sappy herbs, and floral notes emerge from this Haut-Brion Blanc look-alike, which is medium to full-bodied, concentrated, and beautifully balanced. It’s going to evolve for two decades in cold cellars.
The 2018 Sauvignon Blanc Estate is a blend of 94% Sauvignon Blanc and 6% Semillon, aged for 11 months in one-third new French oak, one-third once-used barrels and one-third concrete. It springs from the glass with vibrant scents of white peaches, grapefruit and underripe pears with hints of honeysuckle, chalk dust and yuzu. Medium to full-bodied, the palate is laden with citrus and stone fruit layers plus a crisp backbone and satiny texture, finishing long and chalky. 550 cases were made.