We see a lot of crazy names in the wine biz. Everybody is trying to stand out in the avalanche of labels totaling over one million every year. Some of them are interesting, some aren't.
Flint and Steel literally captures the essence of great Sauvignon Blanc at its core essence. While it sounds a little wacky to refer to the taste of a wine made from grapes as having the flavors of rock and metal, it's what makes wine as incredible as it is mysterious. All those different flavors and sensations from one grape is still a mystery.
Sauvignon Blanc is very versatile. It can offer many flavors depending on the winemaker's vision. Joe Tapparo's vision is that of the wines of Bordeaux, where the terms flint and steel are often used in tandem to describe this most exotic and exciting of wines. It's also our favorite description as well.
The wine sees no oak at all, as the purity of the grape is what Tapparo wants to feature foremost. For this gem, Joe went to a little-known sub-appellation of Napa called Pope Valley. It has a higher elevation than the valley floor, so the temperature is cooler and the sun brighter. This combination allows these Sauvignon Blanc grapes to attain outstanding flavor peaks and lengths.
In the glass, mineral, peach, citrus - and of course rocks and metal - delight the nose and palate. This wine speaks volumes of the complexity and purity of the grape.