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Sauvignon Blanc update from the “Heart” of Yountville

August 19, 2009

Jim Close, winemaker for the Gamble Family reports that the recent spate of daytime temps hovering in the 80s has been very advantageous for their Sauvignon Blanc program this year. As compared to recent year’s mid-August heat spikes, the cooler weather gives more breathing room for picking decisions with respect to this varietal, the flavor profiles of which can change rapidly in hot weather.

Starting early tomorrow morning crews will pull about 3.5 tons of Sauvignon Blanc from Musque clones that comprise the Heart Block of Tom and Collette Gamble’s roughly 12 acre vineyard situated at the end of Cook Road between the Napa River and Conn Creek. The first pick, roughly three tons,will be one of about five picks out of this particular parcel. Close reports that sugar levels should be at about 21.5 brix at harvest. The fruit is destined for the Heart Block Estate Sauvignon Blanc produced by Gamble Family Vineyards.

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