Auction 25 | Lot No. 51
Grieve Family Winery
5 cases produced
- Your wine is 100% estate Sauvignon Blanc, specially made for Premiere Napa Valley by winemaker Philippe Melka
- Napa Valley’s coolest remote hillside growing region is ideal for refined Sauvignon Blanc
- Organic vine-by-vine farming and gentle whole-cluster press maximize our estate’s distinct, focused fruit
- This wine was crafted using a unique mixed vessel ferment; aging in French oak, a concrete egg and steel tank amplifies complexity
This special lot of was crafted exclusively for Premiere Napa Valley by our renowned winemaker Philippe Melka, from the rare FSP-06 Clone planted to our Lovall Valley estate vineyard. One of Napa Valley’s most remote sites, and certainly its coolest, Lovall Valley enjoys a unique fog-cooled microclimate and elevated hillside exposures that, in concert with our own meticulous, vine-by-vine organic viticulture, produce fruit of extraordinary varietal purity and structural precision. In the cellar, Philippe employed gentle whole cluster pressing followed by a unique mixed-vessel approach in which the lot was both fermented and aged in a combination of French oak barrel, concrete egg and steel tank. The resulting wine is both vibrantly expressive and sublimely sophisticated, displaying the focused stone fruit, exotic notes and textural complexity that are hallmarks of our Lovall Valley estate. We recommend that you hold this wine for at least one year before serving, and optimally cellar for up to 5 years to appreciate its full aging potential.
- Organically produced (also commonly called "organically grown")
Winemaker, Grieve Family Winery
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
1500 Manakin Road
Manakin-Sabot VA 23103
Premiere Napa Valley Wine Collection