2018 Kenzo Estate Asatsuyu, Napa Valley, USA (750ml)
Morning Dew – Translated as morning dew in Japanese, asatsuyu is named for the mist that drifts through the vineyard at dawn, depositing tiny moisture beads on the berries. These crystal-clear droplets speak to the purity of asatsuyu, the only dry Sauvignon Blanc made by Heidi Barrett and Kenzo Estate’s sole white wine offering. Crisp, rich, complex.
An aromatic stunner, aromas of citrus and peach segue to ripe flavors of honeydew melon and guava. Crisp acidity is framed by hints of minerality and soft undertones of sweet oak. Drink now and drink chilled.
From consulting winemaker Heidi Barrett, this is a beautiful wine, which was given time in both stainless steel and French oak. Sublime elements of peach, lemon zest and stone highlight a voluptuously grippy and lush structure.
-Wine Enthusiast, 95 pts.
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