90 Points | Press Democrat North Coast Challenge | July 2020
Gold Medal | Press Democrat North Coast Challenge | July 2020
Beautiful and bright, this Sauvignon Blanc offers refreshing aromas of honeydew melon and green apple backed by a cool minerality. Delicate tropical notes lead to a crisp finish of stone fruit and citrus.
2018 provided an ideal climate allowing time for the grapes to ripen to their optimum flavor structure. The year presented a fairly mild growing season with few heat spikes, inspiring winemakers to push harvest back a few weeks. This longer time on the vine was great for grapes and the mild temperatures kept the fruit from over-ripening. More than an inch of rain fell in early October in many locations, but there was little impact on the quality of the fruit. 2018 could be remembered as one of the longest and most desirable seasons in years, producing exceptional quality grapes throughout Sonoma County.
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 the stainless steel tank. 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.