2019 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.
We are confident that this years blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon will be exceptional. Phased picking at different maturity levels brought natural acid, alcohol balance, and layers of aromas/flavors. Whole-cluster pressing with limited controlled skin contact ensured balance. Cool fermentation with extended fine lees contact in both tank and barrel added mouthfeel texture and allowed natural settling minimizing wine handling prior to bottling. No malolactic fermentation.
A splendid cornucopia of aromatics and flavor makes this perfect from first to last sip.
Complex citrus driven by pomelo grapefruit mingle with honeydew melon and cantaloupe
plus a faint hint of freshly cut dill. An intriguing petrol character combines with a blast of
minerality at the finish cinching this wines distinctiveness. The palate texture is evocative of
a creamsicle smooth, layered, and enticing. A mix of new and neutral barrels lend floral
and spicy notes while the stainless steel gives a freshness and popof natural acidity and
crispness reminiscent of a fine white Bordeaux. As versatile as a Swiss Army knife, our
Alder Grove Sauvignon Blanc goes with nearly everything including traditional oysters in
a mignonette sauce. We also like it with rock cod tacos, quiche Lorraine, and cauliflower
soup. All indicators point to cellaring well into 2025-2027, so save a few bottles (if you
can) for later.
APPELLATION: Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County
VINEYARDS: 82% Wine Creek Ranch, Quiviras home vineyard,
CCOF-certified organic. 18% from nearby Rued Vineyard
COMPOSITION: 77% Sauvignon Blanc, 23% 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 old or neutral