Corvalle "Rutherford Runway Vineyard" 2011
sauvignon blanc (Napa, California)
This tasty juice had a restrained elegance, grapefruit, starfruit.
The wine is made by a fresh face in Napa winemaking: Ryan Moreland. He started off as a chemist, began chemically analyzing wines, and then made the switch to winemaker after working a few harvests. He makes three wines, a sauvignon blanc, a chardonnay and a syrah-- all from different places around Napa.
This sauvignon blanc comes from a special vineyard that his parents own, right where a runway once existed for small planes early last century on Gustave Niebaum's estate (Inglenook), hence the name "Rutherford Runway Vineyard."
Ryan has a deep understanding of agriculture; his family is a major almond and honey producer. The name of his winery "Corvalle" means "Soul of the Valley" and has a great story. Read more about it here.