In the glass, the wine presents with vibrant yellow and green hues. Aromas of mountain river wet stone and fresh lemon lime citrus blend with an ocean spray. On the palate, flavors of grapefruit, lime zest, and an everlasting fresh citrus. This is a beautifully textured wine, combining a rich mouth feel with minerality.
The 2022 growing season began as usual with budbreak in mid-March through early April, followed by abundant shoot growth in May. Early summer brought nice warm days and cool nights with veraison occurring in mid to late July. Temperatures remained relatively even through the start of harvest and into August, while early September brought a heat wave that caused us to accelerate the final stages of the Sauvignon Blanc pick to catch the optimum ripeness. The vintage created bright fresh white wines with vibrant varietal flavors and textures.
After achieving the desired flavors on the vine, the Sauvignon Blanc was harvested in the cool morning hours in an effort to preserve the delicate flavors. The fruit was received in the cellar, where the grapes were pressed to tank and immediately chilled and settled prior to fermentation. Fermentation occurred in concrete tank exclusively at cool temperatures to maintain and enhance the natural flavors. The final blend was completed after 4 months of sur-lies maturation to capture the lovely fresh qualities and intensity of flavor of the sauvignon blanc.
91 Points – “Plenty of tropical fruit here with lime, green mango and lychee aromas and flavors as well as some celery and fennel. It’s full-bodied with plenty of fruit and a flavorful finish. White pepper undertones at the end. Lots of sauvignon blanc character. Drink now.” – James Suckling, June 2023