2021 Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc
THE WINEMAKIING NOTES
After field sorting the fruit before it reaches the winery, we gently whole-cluster press the grapes to retain acidity and minimize tannin extraction. Only one vineyard in this blend was lightly crushed before pressing for a small amount of skin contact. Cool, not cold, fermentation emphasized varietal character and terroir nuances. In 2021, due to the low yields, a very high percentage of the fermentations actually finished in barrel, which added uncommon complexity and depth, along with a slightly richer,
rounder mid-palate. A small inclusion of Semillon (4%) was used a final finishing touch for overall wine balance.
Pale yellow in color and bright with a slight green tinge. The nose has forward tangerine and honeydew melon with high toned green notes of fresh cut grass and a salinity reminiscent of kelp on a Northern California beach in the winter. The mouth starts with round melon and clementine but changes through the middle to brighter tart tangerine with river rock minerality that is held together with a touch of bitter herbs.
APPELLATION: Sonoma County
VINEYARDS: 13% Wine Creek Ranch CCOF certified organic,
with the balance sourced from like-minded growers
COMPOSITION: 96% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Semillon
CASES PRODUCED: 5239 cases