Dagueneau-Inspired Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc
94574. That’s the zipcode for historic St. Helena, smack in the heart of Napa Valley. As much as Napans love tourists, they do try to keep some things a locals-only secret. Until now, the only way to enjoy the 94574 Sauvignon Blanc was by ordering it by the glass at Auberge du Soleil, purchasing it at local boutique wine shops, or being lucky enough to be invited for dinner with proprietors Dave Berry and Henry Schlangen. Enter Wine Access. We’ve secured a small allocation of this wine, offered for the first time outside of the 94574 zip code.
An instant success, their 94575 Sauvignon Blanc remains a favorite of the locals. But you’ll have to travel to Napa to enjoy a glass with us at the Michelin-starred restaurant Auberge du Soleil, or poolside at Solage Resort. Alternatively, you could delay the trip, and have some 94574 deliciousness shipped to your home for enjoyment now.
When Dave and Henry pegged winemaker Sam Baxter of Terra Valentine to make 94574 — a Sauvignon Blanc — it was Didier Dagueneau’s Silex from Pouilly-Fumé that was their inspiration. They tasked Sam with making a wine in the style of Silex, one of the great Sauvignon Blancs in the world. The only catch? A bottle of Silex will set you back $100 or more. Dave and Henry wanted to offer their wine for under $25. The good news? Baxter didn’t run for the hills.
Dave and Henry’s lucky break came when an exceptional fruit source came online — an organically farmed vineyard in Rutherford AVA. As one of the most historic and prized appellations in Napa for Cabernet Sauvignon, it is rare to find a vineyard planted to any other variety. Over 50% of the vineyard is planted to the Musqué clone of Sauvignon Blanc, providing perfumed and tropical aromatics, while the other half is Clone 1, which brings acidity and citrus notes to the wine.
You’re officially invited to step into the world of Napa locals. There’ll be plenty of time for sending postcards stamped with the 94574 zip code when you visit the valley, and until then, let us know how one of our favorite new Sauvignon Blancs delivers a little bit of Napa terroir right at home.