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Stag's Leap Wine Cellars "Aveta" Sauvignon Blanc 2022
(Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California) -


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About the WIne:

While Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars began making Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc in the early 1980s, 2013 was the first vintage of AVETA, named for a water goddess often depicted carrying fruit. It is a fitting moniker to express the vibrant fruit flavors and minerality of our Sauvignon Blanc which is crafted from fruit grown in the alluvial soils of our estate vineyards as well as other exceptional Napa Valley sites.

VINEYARDS & WINEMAKING

Key vineyards for this wine included Danika Ranch (48%), Bravo Zulu (15%), Trubody Ranch (18%) and Ryan’s Vineyard (11%) all located in the Oak Knoll District. Oak Knoll fruit brings spicy peach, guava and grapefruit notes to the mix. The juice was fermented at cool temperatures in a mix of stainless steel (33%) and neutral French oak barrels (67%). The wine was aged on light lees for 6.5 months and was stirred every two weeks, providing some roundness to the wine’s texture.

VINTAGE

The 2022 vintage was the third year in a row of drought. Following the 2021 harvest, we received a record rainfall of 11.20 inches at the end of October, resulting in saturated soils. Unfortunately, the rest of the winter was remarkably dry. We began the 2022 season with early mowing and tillage to conserve as much soil moisture as possible. There was an unusual hail/rainstorm at bloom that reduced yields in some vineyards. This was followed by a late frost in mid-April, but thankfully we did not get extreme freezing temperatures. Spring weather was very unpredictable, with a mix of cool, warm, and hot days. To add to the excitement, Mother Nature gave us some late June rain that increased the mildew pressure across the valley. It wasn’t until mid-July when we
reached our typical summer temperatures. The rest of the summer saw average temperatures and good growing conditions. Then, just at the start of harvest, we experienced a nine-day heat wave with record temperatures. Despite the drought and extreme heat at harvest, with careful attention to the timing of our work in the vineyards, we brought in exceptional fruit. Overall, the wines from this vintage have riper flavors and softer acid structures.

TASTING NOTES

The 2022 AVETA Sauvignon Blanc offers fragrant aromas of grapefruit, lemongrass, citrus, lychee and orange blossom. The wine is bright and lively on the palate with a thirst-quenching acidity and pure flavors of mandarin orange and honeysuckle that lead to a lasting aftertaste.

FOOD PAIRINGS

Try pairing AVETA with fresh fish ceviche, crab cakes or grilled oysters with mignonette sauce.


Ratings & Reviews

92 Points - James Suckling (2021 Vintage):
"Papaya, sliced-mango, and dried-apricot aromas follow through to a full body with a round texture and a fruity finish. Tropical fruit at the end. Drink now." - (October 2022)

Wine Spectator:
"Firm and juicy, with generous lemon and pomelo notes up front, segueing to herbal accents of lemon thyme, lemon basil and lemongrass, showing a touch of sea salt and plenty of refreshment and precision on the finish. Drink now. 9,500 cases made." - MaryAnn Worobiec (April 2024)