Crafting the Sauvignon Blanc is a joy for the winemaking team each year. A decade after its inception, we’re slowly and methodically unwrapping the potential of this vineyard and how to express that in the final wine. An exciting development occurred this year with the first substantial crop from the Semillon vines we planted in 2013, adjacent to our Sauvignon Blanc in Oak Knoll. Most of the great white wines of Bordeaux are blends of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon and we’ve experienced this synergy first hand. In our case, the whole is certainly greater than the sum of its parts.
Nose Ripe melon, chamomile, and guava frame the tropical aromas of this wine. As the glass warms, these are followed in quick succession by lychee, rose, and citrus blossom.
Palate The Palate is awash in ripe grapefruit and tart, alpine strawberry along with suppleness and density, characteristic of the vintage.
Finish Fresh pineapple, lemon meringue, and just a hint of sage round out the rich, mouthwatering finish.
2017 was simply a year of extremes. Temperatures during the summer meandered between cool and very hot, with some extended periods of heat and high winds out of the desert. Despite these challenges and with extra care in the vineyard, the wines that have resulted are marvelous. This will be rememebered as an opulent vintage for many white wines.