Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Stack Vineyard, Bennett Valley (2019)
This light bodied white exudes aromatics of freshly grated ginger, peach and ripe melon. The bright acidity in the front of the palate is underlined by silky pineapple chantilly and crisp citrus zest. A note of keylime trails in the refreshing mineral finish.
We began our 2019 harvest before dawn on August 30 after a growing season that started with record rainfall during winter and ended with warm, even temperatures throughout summer. With few spikes in heat over the season, our vineyards had optimal conditions to develop full-flavored fruit with remarkable color and balanced acidity. Spring rains ended in time for good fruit set and 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 as the days shortened. Warm breezy days, but no rain, took place in October and the last of the grapes were harvested before the end of the month.
This compelling wine starts with Marsanne and Rousanne grapes from our Wild Oak Estate Vineyard located at the base of Sugarloaf Ridge and Hood Mountain in Sonoma Valley. The rock and gravel that have washed down over the centuries provide ideal soil for small yields of concentrated fruit. Cool evenings and warm afternoons allow fruit to develop intense flavors and aromas, while maintaining high acidity.
Picked at dawn, these grapes arrived cold and were carefully placed directly into our small bladder press. Free-run juice was collected and fermented slowly at 55º for over 30 days, preserving the wonderful aromas of Sauvignon Blanc. While the majority of juice was fermented in stainless steel, 23% was fermented in second, third and fourth fill barrels for added depth and creaminess. We prevented malolactic fermentation to preserve the wine’s clean, crisp texture. The wine was aged for four months before bottling.
|Wine Style||Dry White Wine|
|Varietal Composition||100% Sauvignon Blanc|
|Barrel Aging||6 Months 6% New French Oak (Light Toast)|
|Bottling Date||April 2020|