2015 Refuge Sauvignon Blanc
Wine Creek Ranch, Dry Creek Valley
94 points, Wine Enthusiast
92 points, Wine Spectator's Guide to Ultimate Value
Our smallest estate bottling is a deliberate texture driven Sauvignon Blanc. 2015 was a standout vintage for Quivira's estate-grown Sauvignon Blanc, especially this winemaker's barrel selection. The early harvest yielded a wine of uncommon depth and concentration that still honors the grape's purity. The best qualities of Quivira's terroir are articulated through a more opulent expression of Sauvignon Blanc.
Layers of both aromas and flavor harness a Sauvignon Blanc unique to the New World. This is accomplished by completing fermentation in barrels and aging on the lees, sur lie, for 7 months. Aging is done in a mix of new and used French oak and Acacia wood barrels. There is added richness from the barrel selection and extended lees contact that harnesses a totally different mouthfeel while still capturing Sauvignon Blanc's freshness.
The mid-palate's richness perfectly counterpoints racy acidity. The entry is round and full-bodied yet finishes with an exceedingly refreshing quality. Aromas of fresh pineapple, guava, and Meyer lemon are front and center. Nuanced spiciness from the mix of French oak and Acacia cooperage adds an intriguing final accent that weaves itself in and out of both nose and palate. This is an especially noteworthy vintage for our Refuge, and a limited bottling not to be missed.
Made with Organically Grown Grapes
Composition: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Alc: 14.2% | pH: 3.06 | TA: 0.68