Napa loves tourists, but the locals do keep some of the Valley’s glory to themselves—and until we got a hold of it, the only way to enjoy the ethereal 94574 Sauvignon Blanc was by scoring a bottle at a St. Helena boutique wine shop, or ordering a glass at Michelin-starred Auberge du Soleil or poolside at Solage Resort.
94574 wears its local flavor on its label: Named for the zip code of St. Helena, one of the social gravity centers of Napa Valley, this is pure California Sauvignon Blanc that offers dazzling notes of freshly cut guava, yellow peach, and juicy Crenshaw melon, and an expansive but crisp finish. One sip, and you’ll see why this is a local favorite that Napans wouldn’t mind keeping local.
When proprietors Dave Berry and Henry Schlangen tapped winemaker Sam Baxter of Terra Valentine to make 94574—a single-vineyard Sauvignon Blanc—they had Didier Dagueneau’s legendary Silex from Pouilly-Fumé in mind. They tasked Sam with making a wine in the style of Silex, one of the great Sauvignon Blancs in the world—a daunting enough prospect, even before Dave and Henry dropped the other shoe: They wanted to offer their wine for under $25—about a quarter of what the late Dagueneau’s three-digit gem goes for. Surprisingly, Baxter didn’t run for the hills right at that moment.
Dave and Henry’s—and Baxter’s—lucky break came when an exceptional fruit source came online: the organically farmed San Mateo Ranch in Rutherford, which is the Cabernet-dominated Napa Valley AVA that has also proven itself an extraordinarily hospitable place for Sauvignon Blanc. San Mateo is planted to with two clones of Sauvignon Blanc: Sauvignon Musqué, which provides perfumed and tropical aromatics, and Clone 1, which brings acidity and citrus notes to the 94574.
Consider this your invitation to step into the world of Napa locals. There’ll be plenty of time to make your friends jealous with postcards stamped with the 94574 zip code. Until then, share a little bit of Napa terroir with them, right at home.