Lot 825 | 2020 Napa Valley
A rare, elegant white blend from an outstanding Rutherford estate.
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- Napa Valley
- Sauvignon Blanc 70%, Semillon 30%
- Alcohol by Volume
- Cases Produced
- Now through 2026
- Release Email
Two grapes define white Bordeaux: Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. The blending of the two is a bedrock of classic French white wine technique – when done right, the body and roundness of Semillon perfectly complements the acidity and herbal notes of Sauv Blanc, resulting in an elevated wine that’s far greater than the sum of its parts. North Coast winemakers tend to throw in lots of bells and whistles for red Meritage since it’s an obvious showcase for blending skills, and that approach applies to white Meritage as well. However, white productions are much rarer.
Lot 825 comes to us from one of the most critically acclaimed and awarded wineries in Rutherford, and given the winemaker’s previous tours of duty in both Bordeaux and Napa Valley, this Sauv Blanc/Semillon blend could not have been produced by anyone who was a more perfect fit for the job.
Superb classic white
Like a fellow reviewer, my wife and I have enjoyed breaking the 5-7 day nap rule and we dove immediately into 825 and 810. Both wines are superb and what is even more impressive is how the understandably hyperbolic descriptions of both wines are really on target. This 825 is perfectly balanced in every part of the drinking experience and the 810 is sassier, and yes, New Zealand is in there somewhere. In a sense whites have less maneuvering room than reds for attaining the sweet/tart balance you want, so these two wines represent very different worlds - both wonderful.
Smooth and easy to enjoy
A lovely blend by a competent winemaker. When they make it seem simple and easy one knows that it took a lot of talent and expertise. This one will be missed when it is all gone. Hurry up and get a few bottles for the Summer.