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Sauvignon Blanc, 2017. Gamble Family Vineyards

Sauvignon Blanc, 2017. Gamble Family Vineyards

Item #: N0320W1DC
Vintage: 2017
Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
Vineyard/Appellation: Napa Valley, California
Color: Limpid Gold
Nose: Lime, White Peach
Palate: Forward Stone Fruit, Citrus
Finish: Long, Tickling Acidity
Rating: 96
Cellaring/Serving Suggestions: Now through 2022/Shellfish/ 13.1% Alcohol by Volume

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It took almost 100 years for Gamble Family Vineyards to come to life, but Tom Gamble looks at it as practicing to get it right. It all started in 1917 when his grandfather, Lancelot Gamble, began farming in the Napa Valley. He purchased land in Oakville 40 years later and heard tell that grapes would grow well there.

They sold grapes until the 1970s. When it became apparent that those grapes were exceptional, Beringer offered them a contract, and that was just the start.

In 1981 Tom ventured out into his own and purchased a vineyard in Oakville. As his family had done for decades, he sold those grapes to the emerging Napa Valley wine community.

It wasn't until 25 years later that Tom finally decided to put his name on the label, and Gamble Winery was born. They used custom crush facilities until they were able to build their winery in 2012 on property formerly owned by the Lincoln family for over a century. The two histories honored their past and joined as one.

These kinds of stories make one realize how much patience is a virtue. With that kind of history to draw on, Tom had the patience to learn and relearn until he was ready to make his mark. The result is this fantastic selection, a classic Sauvignon Blanc that offers depth and complexity that only patience can bring. Try it with rock shrimp in brown butter, and you'll see what we mean.