While Inglenook is perhaps best known for Cabernet Sauvignon, the lower portion of our Chateau vineyard, known as Tank House, has proven to be an exceptional site for growing white grape varieties. The sandy-clay loam soils in this area of the estate have good water retention capacity and underlying gravel for drainage, features that are critical for the development of both Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon.
The 2018 vintage will be remembered as one with a generous crop of excellent quality. Well-timed precipitation in March and April ensured an ideal start to the growing season. Budbreak was late, helping to avoid frost damage, and initial shoot growth was slow but very steady. Bloom occurred in late May, with no water stress and moderately warm temperatures, leading to a desirable fruit set for all Sauvignon Blanc blocks. All fruit was harvested from August 24th through September 3rd.
Appellation: Rutherford, Napa Valley
Ensemble: 89% Sauvignon Blanc 11% Semillon
Vineyard: Tank House
Bottle Date: Jan 2013
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