Dates: Aug. 19-28, 2016
Sugar: 21.4-23.7 Brix
62% Great Oaks
11% La Presa
4% Lafond Riesling
20% barrel fermented
80% cool stainless steel
fermenters for fruit
freshness and retention
Total Acid: .71
Bottled: March, 7-8, 2017
Production: 3242 cases
Santa Ynez Valley
2016 Sauvignon Blanc
Prior to harvest, Winemaker Bruce McGuire is on the road scouting out and securing great lots of Sauvignon Blanc from the eastern side of the Santa Ynez Valley.
Taking advantage of a more traditional climate for this grape than our cool climate Lafond Vineyard, Bruce is mindful of the importance of carrying on the style he developed over the years from the Musque clone of Sauvignon Blanc previously grown at our vineyard.
Bruce barrel fermented 20% of the juice in neutral oak puncheons to give texture to the lean character of this wine without compromising the racy acids naturally found in Sauvignon Blanc. This results in richness and a silky mouth feel while maintaining true varietal expression.
This fresh-tasting wine has its own distinctive flavor. It is a great alternative to Chardonnay and serves equally well with moderately spicy foods, seafood and salads.
Winemaker's comments: 85% of this wine is Musque Clone Sauvignon Blanc, my preferred clonal selection.Tropically aromatic with hints of tangerine, lime, mango and honeydew melons. It has less green character than the standard California Sauvignon Blanc.
Gold Medal 93 Points 2017 L.A. International Wine Awards
Gold Medal 2017 Orange County Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 New York International Wine Competition
Gold Medal 2017 Sommelier Challenge
Gold Medal 2017 Texas Consumer Wine Judging
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