In L. Frank Baum’s famed story Land of Oz, a magician brings a glass figurine of a cat to life to showcase his power…and chase away the mice that plague his wife. The animal is otherworldly, transparent except for a ruby heart, pink brain and emerald-green eyes. Sadly for the magician, it has no interest in chasing mice. Instead, as the story goes, the Glass Cat roams the world—cool, reserved and well aware of its fascinating qualities. We hope you enjoy the Glass Cat Sauvignon Blanc that our magician winemakers have conjured for you. Like its namesake, it is known for its proud beauty and sophistication, remarkable to experience.
2021 offered Napa Valley a Winemaker’s Dream vintage. Early rains gave way to minimal precipitation after February, enabling our grapes to flower, bloom and set in near-perfect conditions. What followed was a luxuriously extended growing season, grapes hanging on the vines until they reached optimal ripeness and maturity. At harvest, our berries were small in size but intense in flavor, promising rich tasting notes and the exceptional potential for a wine worth aging.
Our 2021 Glass Cat Sauvignon Blanc is beautifully medium to full-bodied. Its characteristics are deep and sensual, with layered notes spanning wildflower, spice and lead pencil, silky tannins, and an aroma that evokes fine tobacco. It’s exceptionally pure, elegant and powerful on the palate, exhibiting hints of pineapple, white peach, citrus peel, lemongrass, honeysuckle and mineral notes. Its refreshing acidity will pair beautifully with fresh cheeses (like sheep and goat) as well as oysters, trout, cod, halibut and grilled white meats. Consider it essential at any holiday table.
The 2021 Glass Cat is offered at $375/3-pack
As a result of the dry and temperate winter, bud-break began early. Spring brought mild, optimum temperatures while the summer was warm (like 2017) with hot, dry spells. The growing season was considered ideal. We had moderate to light yields in 2020 which allowed the vines to focus on every cluster that was pollinated. Harvest was a few weeks early and the result is a finely balanced wine. The acid profile is ideal, showing complex layers with a beautiful, energetic palate of exceptional concentration and minerality. The wine is bright, crisp, and juicy while revealing citrus, green apple, honeysuckle and stone fruit. The 2020 Glass Cat Sauvignon Blanc pairs well with pork, fowl, all seafood, vegetarian dishes and cheese.
The 2020 Glass Cat is offered at $375/3-pack
2019 had copious rainfall which provided plenty of moisture in the soil for a wonderful growing season. The growing season was near perfect with only a short heat spike in mid-August. The seasonally consistent morning fog allowed for a longer hang time while the warmer afternoons offered time for the fruit to mature without being extreme. Joe picked the grapes the first week of September.
Tasting notes: Our 2019 Glass Cat Sauvignon Blanc has a layered aroma and texture. It is silky and sexy on the palate and complete with a long drawn-out finish which makes you want to come back for more. The longer veraison gives you mouthwatering acidity and a weighty feel with lifted fruit: think Meyer lemon and Asian pear with an interesting mix of fresh stone fruit and even a little guava that is both vibrant and fresh. The Glass Cat is aged in new and neutral French oak for nine months and in bottle for six months. We feel this vintage has an interesting complexity and we cannot wait to share it with you.
The 2019 Glass Cat is offered at $400/3-pack
The elegant and smooth 100% Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc Glass Cat is the wine that started this exciting venture. It is easy to drink and produces fond memories which serve as a welcome break for your palate where you can look forward to perhaps a fantastic meal or maybe just a relaxed moment to reflect on your day.
Tasting notes: This wine exudes all the best qualities of the Sauvignon Blanc grape including an amazing acid profile with mineral, flint and honey. Citrus notes are abundant while allowing apple and pear profiles to show through with just a hint of tropical fruit. The finish is stunning and it remains on your palate seemingly forever. The purity of fruit and graphite allow the 2018 to be sexy, zippy and playful. This wine pairs well with pork, fowl, all seafood, vegetarian dishes and my favorite, a truffled sheep’s milk cheese.
The 2018 Glass Cat is offered at $425/3-pack (Limited Availability)
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