2019 Sauvignon Blanc

2019 Sauvignon Blanc

2019 Sauvignon Blanc

Vineyard: Ellis Alden Vineyard sits at an elevation of 1400 feet along the sun-drenched western slopes of the Mayacamas Mountains in the Alexander Valley. Isolated within a sprawling 4,000 acre ranch, the 200 acres of vines enjoy a pristine growing environment, above the fog line and sheltered from wind, frost, and negative pathogens. The Sauvignon Blanc is planted in a low spot in the vineyard where cool air collects, allowing the grapes to hang long enough to develop ripe flavors while retaining acidity.

Vintage: The 2019 growing season began with heavy rains in March and April, which allowed soils to store up plenty of water to weather the dramatic heat spikes we witnessed in June and mid-August. Other than those brief events, the growing season was relatively mild and we were able to take advantage of the extended hangtime from this mountain site. Harvest occurred on September 12th and yielded grapes with bright fruit flavors and balanced acidity.

Winemaking: Our seventh year making wine from this exceptional vineyard, we followed the more traditional path as we did with the previous several vintages. The fruit was pressed whole cluster into a settling tank, and then racked into a mix of 45% neutral French oak and 55% stainless steel barrels for fermentation. Both primary and malolactic fermentation occurred spontaneously in these vessels with wild yeast, and the wine rested on its lees for 6 months before it was filtered and bottled.

$32 750ml