Grieve Family Winery

2021 Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

2023 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction | Lot No. 52
Vintage

2021

Grieve Family Winery

Sauvignon Blanc
Napa Valley

5 cases produced

Highlights

  • This is the only 100% estate Sauvignon Blanc from Napa Valley’s remote and uniquely cool Lovall Valley
  • Crafted from organically farmed Sauvignon Blanc by the winemaking team of Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky
  • A profoundly expressive blend of three distinct Sauvignon Blanc clones, including the rare Clone 6
  • Barrel fermented until dry and aging sur lie in 100% French oak to amplify texture and structure

Description

This 2021 Estate Sauvignon Blanc barrel lot is the pinnacle offering of our family’s estate vineyard, located in the rolling hills of Napa Valley’s remote and uniquely cool Lovall Valley. Here, we organically farm three distinctly expressive Sauvignon Blanc clones that thrive in the stingy soils and fog-blanketed mornings that define our estate’s distinct terroir. In the deft hands of acclaimed winemakers Philippe Melka and Maayan Koschitzky, our estate fruit realizes its full potential through extended cold-barrel fermentation and sur lie aging in French oak. In particular, our 2021 estate Sauvignon Blanc is the product of a drought year that gave us a lighter crop and smaller berries, resulting in an amazingly expressive wine with exotic tropical and bright citrus notes, excellent acidity, mouth-filling richness and impressive length.


Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine

Philippe Melka

Winemaker, Grieve Family Winery

Winemaker, Philippe Melka

Bordeaux native Philippe Melka is a self-described soil nerd, who has always been intrigued by the intricacies of the land. He originally pursued a degree in Geology at the University of Bordeaux, however a winemaking class during his ?nal year proved pivotal. It set him on a new course that would see him become one of the world’s most coveted winemakers, honing his artistry at prestigious estates including Château Haut Brion, Petrus, Dominus, Silver Oak and his own Melka Wines.

Winery owners David and Kathleen Grieve had long admired Philippe’s wines and his site-driven approach to winemaking. When it came time to hire a winemaker, they reached out to Philippe through mutual friend Tuck Beckstoffer. For his part, Philippe was excited by the vineyard’s terroir and the opportunity to work with Lovall Valley fruit. In 2018, he took over as head winemaker for Grieve Family Winery, where he marries old world traditions with new world advancements to produce the winery’s limited production portfolio of profoundly expressive Grieve Family Estate and Double Eagle wines.

Country born: France

Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years

Maayan Koschitzky

Winemaker, Grieve Family Winery

Winemaker, Maayan Koschitzky

Maayan has amassed an impressive winemaking resume spanning from the vineyards of Israel to Screaming Eagle and Dalla Valle here in the Napa Valley, working alongside some of the top winemakers and among the most coveted terroirs in the world. In 2014 Maayan Joined the Philippe Melka team and serves as the Director of Winemaking.

Country born: Israel

Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years

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