Work Vineyard2002 "Late Work" Botrytised Sauvignon Blanc
A specialty of the coastal valleys of Chile as well as the Napa Valley, late harvest Sauvignon Blanc is a particularly enchanting dessert wine as it retains that zingy freshness and punch of the varietal.
This version, from Sauvignon Blanc specialists Karen and Henry Work, is very rare. Only 593 half bottles were produced. It is a naturally botrytised dessert wine, made with grapes that have been farmed sustainably from their 3-acre vineyard in Calistoga. Grapes were left on the vine until late November and picked at 37 degrees brix. The wine is 14.5 % alcohol with 12g/100ml residual sugar.
Golden yellow in color, it is medium bodied with enticing notes of honey, apricot, pineapple, rose petal, nutmeg and almond butter. Its decadent sweetness is balanced with juicy natural acidity, and it has a long, varietally expressive finish.
The Works moved to Napa Valley from San Diego in 1974, and immersed themselves in the wine business. In 1987 they purchased their 3-acre Sauvignon Blanc vineyard and became grape growers, selling to Caymus and Cakebread amongst others. In 2001 they launched their own label with a 230 case production and today produce about 1200 cases.
Reviewed November 30, 2006 by Catherine Fallis.
Founder and President of Planet Grape LLC, a company committed to bringing the joy of wine, food, and good living into the lives of everyday people, Catherine is creator of the “grape goddess guides to good living,” a series of books, television presentations, seminars, and e-learning programs. The fifth woman in the world to become a Master Sommelier, grape goddess Catherine Fallis is still very much down-to-earth.