2016 Sauvignon Blanc Sonoma County
August 24 - 28, 2016
French Oak, 25% new
March 1, 2017
Our Sauvignon Blanc is barrel fermented for texture and complexity, and is more Loire in style as opposed to California. What this means is that I’m looking for more acidity, minerality and true Sauvignon Blanc varietal character. The texture is bright and grainy, and balanced with richness and creaminess from new oak and sur lie aging in barrels. I think of slightly ripened tropical fruit with coriander and mace, tinged with a little dried wild grass and green apple. The mouthfeel is full with toasted oak and integrated acid contributing to an extremely long finish.
Our Sauvignon Blanc is more likened to a Pouilly Fumé or Sancerre than California in style. Loads of minerality, spicy tropical fruit and green apple are typical. In 2015 we began sourcing our SB from two fantastic vineyard sites, the Indian Springs Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, and the Grist Vineyard at 1,000’ above Dry Creek Valley. Each is distinctive in their fruit character, but share common richness of concentrated character associated for their low yields in the vineyards. The 2016 vintage was spectacular. We were blessed with abundant sunshine and very consistent temperatures, not too hot, not too cold. The result was complete maturation of fruit picked at the optimum ripeness.