Gamble Family Vineyards
2010 Sauvignon Blanc
Sauvignon Blanc • Gamble Vineyard
California: Napa Valley
The sure thing
This is a terrifically fresh and elegant wine that our tasting panel absolutely loved.
This 2010 Gamble Family Sauvignon Blanc seduces you upon opening with its complex and inviting nose. Fresh fruit aromas meld with mineral and flowers, giving lush clues about the flavors to come. On the palate, the wine is soft but very vibrant, giving it a wonderfully balanced feel.
Enjoy this gorgeous summertime white all on its own or with a variety of foods. Very highly recommended for our white wine-loving Operatives.
Fine straw yellow with perfectly even coloration from core to edge.
Very complex on the nose, with even doses of green fig, lemon leaf, freshly cut hay, limestone, orange blossom, walnut shell and savory herbs.
Fresh and vibrant with lush flavors of lime, underripe white peach, nectarine, apricot and white tea out in front. Limestone and grapefruit round out the palate.
Very long and elegant, with fruits tailing off very gradually, eventually giving way to grapefruit and minerals.
An assorted vegetable tempura with a light dipping sauce would be a real treat with this wine, as would a plate of hard cheeses and dried fruits.
What the Winery Says
2010 “GAMBLE VINEYARD” SAUVIGNON BLANC
- At Gamble Family Wines we strive to make truly memorable wines which are delicious and well balanced; wines which are made all the more enjoyable when paired with good food, good friends and those you love. Vineyards and Harvest
The twelve-acre Gamble Vineyard sits at the northerly edge of the Yountville Appellation in the geographic center of Napa Valley. This superb site, framed by rugged mountains to the east and west and bound by two rivers, is warm enough to develop Sauvignon Blanc’s tropical fruit flavors, yet cool enough to retain its natural fruit balance and crispness. Tom Gamble chose his bud wood by massale selection, a traditional practice of obtaining cuttings from great vineyards possessing highly desirable traits. Half of the Gamble vineyard is planted to the Sauvignon Musque clone, a third generation of the original bud wood brought from the Loire in the 1950s. The other half is planted to the Preston (Lou Preston) clone, descended from the Graves region of Bordeaux. We farm organically to achieve healthy and balanced vines. Our fruit is hand-harvested cold, in the early hours of the day, and taken directly to the press to preserve fruit and flavor integrity.
- We picked fruit from the vineyard on eight separate occasions and fermented all lots ranging in size from two to nine tons separately. The first lot of grapes came in to the winery on August 30th and the last lot on September 8th. By harvesting so many times and managing so many different fermentations we were able to gain several benefits. The early fruit helped to preserve the wine’s crisp acidity. The wine made from the later picks had greater depth of flavor. To further increase complexity we fermented 26% of the fruit in temperature-controlled stainless steel tanks, where slow (65 days), cool fermentations (as low as 41F) resulted in clean, bright, tropical fruit flavors. The remaining 74% was fermented in barrel in the cool cave, contributing enhanced mouthfeel and lightly-spiced honeycomb flavors. Native yeasts were allowed to work on both the tank and barrel wines, slowly turning the sugars to alcohol and imparting yet greater dimensions of texture and flavor. Each component had its unique character and when finally blended together created a wine that has great complexity and layers of flavor.
- Winemaker Jim Close’s Tasting Notes
- Fresh aromas of guava, honeysuckle, honeydew melon and fig. A focused line of acidity frames a myriad of flavors: quince, lime, guava and nectarine with a hint of smoky flint. Moderate alcohol and rich textural elements provide a perfect platform for this summer citrus cocktail to sing.
- 48% vrais Sauvignon Musque de Loire, 52% Preston Sauvignon Blanc
- Gamble Vineyard, Yountville, Napa Valley
- 74% in barrel on the lees for six months, 26% in stainless steel on the lees for six months
- French (Remond, Marchive, Bel Air) & Hungarian (Kadar) oak (17% new)
- 0.77 g/100mL
- Cases Produced
- 2,350 cases
- Suggested Retail
About the Winery
My (ad)venture in wine seems to me to be a natural progression of history. As a third generation Napa farmer, I have been influenced all my life by my forebears’ lives in agriculture. They have left, as part of their legacy, their deep and abiding affinity for the land from which came not only their livelihood, but also a life full of purpose. I am hopeful I can transfer that way of life to yet another generation.
Given this legacy, one does not continue farming for dispassionate reasons alone—there are easier ways to make a living.
And thus, taking the next step and putting one’s name on a bottle of wine does not come lightly.
All our wines are produced in small quantities, with the careful attention to farming my forebears would expect. I hope you will try one or more of my wines and let me know if you agree.