Toquade 2019 is the 14th vintage of a single vineyard certified organic and dry-farmed in Yountville Napa Valley. The vineyard is located next to the Napa River, where the soil is nutrient rich, with a good water-holding capacity, making it an excellent terroir for Sauvignon Blanc.
The 2019 vintage started with a wet winter all the way through spring, which provided a good water supply for the beginning of the vines’ growing season. The last rain was recorded at the end of May; by then some vineyards were already blooming and lost part of their crop as a result.
However the growers who pruned their vineyard later, to limit frost control management, had delayed their vineyard bud break and their bloom until after the last rain. Those growers (us included) did not lose any of their crop. From May to veraison (end of July), powdery mildew was successfully controlled in the vineyard. The mildew was a high concern in the Napa Valley in 2019, due to the late rain season.
From the end of July till harvest the weather was cooler than in 2018, which contributed to a nice flavor development. No heat spike was recorded. Our Sauvignon Blanc was hand-harvested on September 3.
After fermentation was complete the wine was aged on lees with weekly bâtonage for 7 months, in order to increase the roundness and texture of the wine. Bottling took place mid-March 2020. The wine has a nice nose of guava and grapefruit. It presents with a crisp mouth feel at first, then develops a rich and flavorful mid palate with a long finish of tropical fruits notes.
This wine can be enjoyed by itself or paired with dishes such as sushi or bruschetta. It also goes well with fish based recipes and Asian food.