2011 Barons V Napa Sauvignon Blanc – Review

By Duane Pemberton
Winery website: www.baronsv.com

Barons V is a small winery located in the “Warehouse District” in Woodenville Washington – it hasn’t been around too long and has already been generating a great deal of buzz amongst Seattle-area wine lovers. Its winemaker, Matt Loso, is no stranger to making wines that please the palate – he was the founder of the famous Matthews Estate Winery a number of years ago.

This bottle of vino uses grapes that are actually sourced from Napa valley and partially aged in concrete to create a very nice texture to the wine.

Technical Data:

  • Vineyards: Spring Mountain
  • Appellation: 100% Napa Valley
  • Grape Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Average Vine Age: 6 years
  • Yields: 2.8 Tons /Acre
  • Harvest dates: October 1st, 2011
  • Barrel Type: 50% Stainless Steel & 50% French Oak
  • Barrel Age: 1 year old
  • Barrel Maker: Mixed
  • Time in Barrel & Concrete: 4 Months
  • Fining: Bentonite Clay
  • Filtration: Sterile Filtration
  • Alcohol (ethanol): 13.95 % by volume
  • pH: 3.49
  • Titratable Acidity: 5.8 g/L
  • Free Sulfur Dioxide: 25 parts per million at bottling
  • Total Production: 180 – 750mL x 12 cases
  • Price: $22.00 / 750mL bottle

Nose: Fresh shell fish, a hint of grapefruit, kiwi, lemon zest and river stone.

Taste: A very clean-tasting Sauvignon Blanc that doesn’t have the typical “grassified” taste to it – sure there’s a hint of that but it’s not killing the wine at all. Nice fruit mid palate and finish make this a very good Sauvignon Blanc that pleases the palate and would go great with all kinds of shellfish or even poultry.

W.E.P. Rating: 90%