2007 is the second vintage of “Toquade” Sauvignon blanc. Both 2007 and 2006 vintages were grown in an organic dry-farmed vineyard in Yountville, a site with deep soil which was planted in 1978. This vineyard has a perfect “terroir” for Sauvignon blanc. The soil water holding capacity and microclimate are all optimal for growing grapes which express Sauvignon blanc’s unique flavors.
The 2007 vintage was characterized by good fruit development coupled with difficult timing. In 2007, Yountville experienced the lowest rainfall in 10 years, which led to an early veraison on July 15th, followed by a small crop at harvest. The cool early growing season, May to July, was excellent for berry synthesis of aroma precursors. During the later growing season, three heat spikes in late August promoted rapid sugar accumulation in berry.
“Toquade” was hand-harvested when grapes had ripened to optimal flavor development, early on the morning of August 21st. At a garage winery in St Helena, the flavors inherent to the fruit of Sauvignon blanc were gently extracted. The juice was fermented and aged “sur lie” in stainless steel barrels for six months, with frequent stirring to develop roundness, palate, and texture.
“Toquade” is a pure, unfined expression of Sauvignon blanc fruit from a single vineyard in NapaValley. “Toquade” has grapefruit, passion fruit, lychee, and mango notes, a creamy month-feel, and a long finish which explodes with exotic fruit. “Toquade” can be matched with many foods, including seafood, sushi, buschetta, cheeses, and white meats.