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Martinelli Vineyard "Tessa Lee" Sauvignon Blanc

Martinelli Vineyard "Tessa Lee" Sauvignon Blanc Wine Details

Description: The "Tessa Lee" juice was fermented with wild yeast in small stainless steel barrels. After the wine completed fermentation it was transferred, along with its lees, into neutral French oak barrels where it remained for approximately three months until bottling. This cuvee is named after Julianna Martinelli's daughter, Tessa Lee, who is the fifth generation of Martinelli women to have traditionally experienced the feel of a grape knife in hand during the heat of harvest season.

Varietal Definition
Sauvignon Blanc:
Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California — at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety — and often assumes the moniker ‘Fume Blanc’. This popular synonym, credited to Napa’s Robert Mondavi, derives from the grape’s historic home of Pouilly in France’s Upper Loire Valley, where Sauvignon Blanc is the dominant varietal and goes locally by the name of ‘Blanc Fumé’. When treated with respect and afforded suitable growing conditions, Sauvignon Blanc is one of the wine world’s darlings. Steely, racy acidity, green, gooseberry fruit, asparagus and a grassy, herbaceous character characterize dry wines made from this grape.


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