2018 Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
Crafted from cool climate Sonoma County vineyards, our Sauvignon Blanc has notes of bright citrus zest, juicy green apple, and savory lemongrass.
Although Sonoma County appears as just a small puzzle piece in the northern reaches of the state, its unique geography, from its coastal mountain ranges and gaps, to its inland valleys makes for an incredibly diverse and dynamic growing region. Using this to our advantage, we took careful consideration in selecting each of our vineyard sites throughout the county in order to both showcase its breadth and scope as well as how these different microclimates can complement each other. Rooted in the Russian River Valley, but with sources as far north as the warm, sunny slopes of the Dry Creek Valley, this Sauvignon Blanc pays due homage to its unique home.
From start to finish, 2018 was a very steady season, offering weather that was reminiscent of years prior to drought. Budbreak came later in the spring with very little concern about frost, leading into steady growing temperatures with occasional rain. There were intermittent heat spikes in June and July, though not prolonged, pushing the season along. August was temperate, allowing slow ripening and complex flavors to develop. Higher than average yields and excellent quality brought about a fruitful harvest beginning in late August.
Each vineyard lot is fermented separately with careful attention paid to their individual strengths and distinctions. All lots are hand-picked into ½ ton bins, and dumped, whole-cluster into our press. We use gentle press cycles to limit the extraction of bitter seed and skin tannins, then allow the juice to settle in a chilled tank for two days. Through yeast selection and temperature regulation, we carefully control the fermentations to maximize tropical, citrus, and floral notes. Fermentation is stopped immediately upon reaching dryness, at which point each lot is evaluated for its place in the final blend.