This wine came to me through friends Naomi and Eric, owners of Napa Valley’s beloved (and only) used book store, Napa Bookmine. Eric moonlights (daylights, really) as a winemaker and he introduced me to this small lot of Napa Valley haute Carneros Sauvignon blanc, from a vineyard north of Route 12 where it’s a bit warmer than lower Carneros.
Eric (that’s him in the photo) showed me two samples: one from tank and one from amphora. I really liked the amphora wine, both in the mineral aroma and rounded texture and yet a 1:2 blend with the tank-aged wine lined up better with my expectations for that bell-ringing varietal clarity Sauvignon blanc boasts.
White peach, lime, pretty florals and a bit of the amphora-clay note are most prominent. And since this vineyard isn’t super cold, the herbaceous character pushes only as far as lemongrass. This is a wine I would be happy to drop my mask for at $12/glass.
We bottled on July 1st (our daughters and their friends worked the bottling line) and Hannah and I have been loving it in this heat—really enjoyed it with peaches gleaned from our neighbor’s tree, grilled and tossed with mozzarella di bufala, balsamic and mint.
For each bottle purchased, Bêcheur will allocate $1 to Napa Bookmine’s mission providing free books to the Valley’s children. We are grateful for Naomi and Eric’s work here in Napa Valley, a community enriched profoundly by their work and love. Thank you!