2017 Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc
Dry Creek Valley
Alder Grove provides shaded habitat for spawning fish and the trees' roots nourish the soil where the grapes for this Sauvignon Blanc grow. The label features an alder catskin, the tree's flower that blossoms at nearly the same time as the grape berries form.
The premiere vintage of Alder Grove is exciting for us as it hones in on the synergy between Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, a nod to white Bordeaux, and the wine's texture, mouthfeel, and complexity. It also showcases what the coolest sub-zones of the Dry Creek Valley AVA are capable of producing. Phased picking at different maturity levels brought natural acid, alcohol balance, and layers of aromas/flavors that are not found in a single pick. Whole-cluster pressing with limited controlled skin contact ensured balance. Cool fermentation with thoughtful lees contact in both tank and barrel added mouthfeel texture and allowed natural settling minimizing wine handling prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation.
The inaugural bottling of our Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc has been a delightful study in juxtaposition: full-bodied in flavor and mid-palate while still quite refreshing. The aromatics begin with lemon meringue, key lime, and white grapefruit yielding to more grassy and classic tropical fruit notes. A mix of new and neutral barrels add breadth and range as well as a nuanced woodsy-spicy characteristic. While round and smooth, this wine is "light on its feet" from the brisk, natural acidity. Enjoy this wine with a garden salad drizzled with a light vinaigrette, dill goat cheese, mussels, or potstickers. We are confident in the cellaring potential of this wine and encourage you to try some now and hold some for later. Patience will be your reward.
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
VINEYARDS: 74% Wine Creek Ranch, Quivira's home vineyard, CCOF-certified organic. 26% from
small, like-minded growers organically-farmed and picked to our specifications
COMPOSITION: 88% Sauvignon Blanc, 12% Semillon
FERMENTATION: 80% fermented and aged in neutral French oak and acacia barrels; 20% stainless steel fermentation
BARREL AGING: 60 gallon and 500L French oak and acacia barrels; 15% new, 85% 1-2 year or neutral.
93 points, Wine Spectator