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.
94 Points, Wine Spectator – “Bursting with flavor and personality, this offers lemon meringue, fresh peach and Fuji apple notes up front on a juicy, succulent frame, while amber aromas and salted lime accents emerge on the long, expressive finish.” -M.W., February 2024
92 Points, The Wine Independent – “The 2022 Dollarhide Sauvignon Blanc Cold Concrete Fermented, with 12% Semillon in the blend, springs from the glass with vibrant notes of lime cordial, fresh peaches, and grapefruit plus hints of chalk dust and citron blossom. The medium to full-bodied palate has a decadent oiliness to the texture, with well-knit freshness and intense citrus flavors, finishing long and chalky.” -Lisa Perroti-Brown, January 2024
91 Points, James Suckling – “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
91 Points, Jeb Dunnuck – “Also beautiful, the 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Cold Concrete Fermented Dollarhide Estate Vineyard has clean citrus, flowers, and a touch of minerality in its medium-bodied, balanced, incredibly elegant profile. Brought up all in concrete, it too is perfect for drinking over the coming 3-4 years.” – Jeb Dunnuck, December 2023
90 Points, The Wine Advocate – “The 2022 Sauvignon Blanc Dollarhide Estate Cold Concrete Fermented is a step up in complexity from the winery’s estate effort, allowing hints of greenish herbals, less-ripe fig and nectarine notes and a more pronounced citrus spine. It’s medium-bodied, a bit creamy from its brief lees contact yet crisp and refreshing, with a touch of wet stone on the lingering finish.” – Joe Czerwinski, December 2023