Patent Wines

Le Sauvage Élégant
2023 Sauvignon Blanc

2024 Offering
Premiere Napa Valley
Auction 28 | Lot No. 23
Vintage: 2023

Patent Wines

Le Sauvage Élégant

Sauvignon Blanc

10 cases produced


  • Barrel fermented in new and neutral French oak and a touch of stainless - Sancerre meets White Bordeaux
  • Vineyard is inter-planted with Sémillon and Muscat, co-harvested and co-fermented with Sauvignon Blanc
  • Showcases an amazing nose - no green, grass or hay notes, nor any "New Zealand grapefruit spritz"
  • Balanced acidity, with a solid mouthfeel and weight derived from weekly Bâtonnage


This elegant lot is from the best unique barrels that express the late and flawless harvest with rich melon, pear and fig, with a pleasing mineral note throughout. Le Sauvage Élégant will not disappoint!

Wine Facts

  • Single vineyard wine
  • Sustainably produced
  • Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")

Tom Rinaldi

Winemaker, Patent Wines

Winemaker, Tom Rinaldi

Raised in San Francisco, Tom made frequent trips to Napa on his motorcycle, buying wines directly from the wineries of the day. After four years in the Navy, Tom enrolled at UC Davis along with notable classmates Mike Martini, Tim Mondavi, Randy Dunn, and Bob Levy.

Tom’s career began at Freemark Abbey, an experience he calls “a great job, and a great honor.” In 1978, Tom became the founding winemaker at Duckhorn Vineyards. After 22 vintages of creating some of Napa’s most celebrated wines, Tom continued to build many wineries from the ground up, notably Pellet Estate, Provenance Vineyards and Hewitt . Tom’s 2010 Hewitt Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon was named to the Wine Spectator’s Top 10 in the world for 2013, and the #1 Wine in California. Rinaldi’s 45+ years of Napa Valley wine experience enables him to produce wines that showcase his masterful blend of traditional French techniques with ultra-high premium fruit.

Tom leads all winemaking strategies and cellar responsibilities, vineyard selections and crop management, and masterfully assembles all final blends – bringing his art, science, and nature together in harmony and balance.

Always the avid learner, Tom loves everything from anticipating the vineyards’ seasons to experimenting with new methodologies and technologies, always open to innovative practices alongside traditional methods. Tom resides with his wife and daughter in St. Helena, where you will either find him in the vineyard, the cellar, or riding his bike throughout the Napa Valley.

Country born: USA

Years in the wine industry: 30+ years

Winery Distribution

Patent Wines is distributed in the following markets. Please contact the winery directly for the most up-to-date distribution information and to explore commercial opportunities.

Patent Wines Contact: Eric Risch


  • California ( Self )
  • Colorado ( Momentum )
  • Connecticut ( M. Touton )
  • Delaware ( M. Touton )
  • Florida ( M. Touton )
  • Georgia ( RNDC )
  • Hawaii ( Ohana )
  • Illinois ( Momentum )
  • Maine ( M. Touton )
  • Maryland ( M. Touton )
  • Massachusetts ( M. Touton )
  • Michigan ( Wine Pour )
  • Nebraska ( Quench )
  • New Jersey ( M. Touton )
  • New York ( M. Touton )
  • North Carolina ( M. Touton )
  • Pennsylvania ( Grapes to Glass )
  • Rhode Island ( M. Touton )
  • Virginia ( M. Touton )
  • West Virginia ( M. Touton )
  • Wisconsin ( Momentum )


  • Canada - Ontario ( LCBO )
  • Japan ( CWC Limited )
  • Puerto Rico ( Spirits & Co. )
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