2016 marks the 11th vintage of Toquade. The grapes used to create Toquade are derived from the same single, dry farmed organic vineyard in Yountville, California. This vineyard has an excellent terroir for Sauvignon Blanc as it is perched right next to the Napa River. This was the sixth vintage of Toquade to experience a significant drought. This vintage received the majority of it's rainfall around bud break which promoted vine canopy overgrowth. This burst of vegetation was a challenge for the vineyard workers to maintain. The springtime morning temperatures were higher than previous vintages and the fruit set was abundant. This larger crop was welcome after the loss experienced in 2015.
2016 was an excellent year for Sauvignon Blanc overall. The growing season was relatively cool. This provided a nice aroma potential to the fruit. The grapes were harvested August 26, 2016 in the early morning. After fermentation was complete the wine was aged on lees with weekly bâtonage to increase the roundness and texture. The resulting wine has a nose of lychee and guava. There is a crisp mouth feel at first, with a round mid-palate and a long finish of tropical fruit. Toquade is delicious by itself but can be also paired with a variety of foods. It can be enjoyed with everything from seafood to sushi or bruschetta. You might also consider pairing it with cheese plates or South East Asian fare such as curries.