The grapes come from San Mateo Ranch, located between Highway 29 and the Napa River off Mee Lane in the Rutherford Appellation. The winemaker, Sam Baxter, is second generation Napa and understands the nuances of the local ‘produce’. The wine sees oak, but only for the purposes of smoothing and rounding the fruit component,
presenting the softer, less aggressive side of the varietal (in other words nothing ‘new’). The flavors run to a sweeter grapefruit, dried melon, and some floral notes with a plumper, more nuanced, less piquant demeanor. A gentrified Sauvignon Blanc at a very attractive fare, particularly given the price of real estate there.