Beautiful and bright, this Sauvignon Blanc bursts with fresh flavors and aromas of grapefruit and orange blossom with a note of minerality. The wine finishes smooth with a refreshing lift of stone fruit and crisp acidity.
We began our 2019 harvest before dawn on August 30. After a growing season that started in winter with record rainfall, the year ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat over the period, our vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for a good fruit set. The temperate summer allowed for long hang times and consistent, even ripening. We picked the majority of our fruit in September and the weather continued to cooperate. Warm breezy days, but fortunately no rain took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.
Sauvignon Blanc grows well throughout many parts of Sonoma County. We have Sauvignon Blanc planted in our Sonoma Valley Wild Oak Vineyard and our Russian River Valley Lagomarsino Vineyard. We also source fruit from Alexander Valley and Bennett Valley. the warmer areas produce full flavors and aromas while fruit from the cooler areas brings refreshing crispness. These characteristics are thoughtfully blended for a balanced and lively wine.
To retain the bright flavors and crisp acidity of this varietal, the grapes were picked at dawn and arrived at the winery cold. The grapes were pressed and a majority of the juice was sent directly to stainless steel tank while a small portion went to barrel for fermentation. The wine was fermented slowly at 55º for over 30 days, preserving the wonderful aromas of Sauvignon Blanc. We prevented malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s clean, crisp texture. It was then aged for five months before bottling.