While Stag's Leap Wine Cellars began making Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc in the early 1980s, this 2013 release marks the inaugural 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.
Our estate vineyard brings spicy peach, guava and grapefruit notes to the mix while the Rancho Chimiles Sauvignon grapes lend racy citrus, tropical fruit and mineral notes to the wine. Our long-time grower Terry Wilson farms Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Musque at Rancho Chimiles for this wine. The juice was fermented at cool temperatures in a mix of neutral French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. The wine was aged on light lees for six and a half months, providing some roundness to the wine's texture.
Wine AdvocateThe 2013 Sauvignon Blanc Aveta possesses more fruit intensity than the Rancho Chimiles, along with delicate grapefruit and citrus notes and light to medium body. It can be enjoyed over the next 12-18 months.
Wine EnthusiastThe inaugural vintage of this wine, named for a water goddess, this offers herb, grass, lemon and peach around a medium body influenced by some oak. As it develops in the glass, tropical fruit unfurls in a refreshing spritz before settling down to a tart finish.