Taste of Dollarhide

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Tasting Notes

2021 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

This white wine presents brilliant hues of pale yellow and green. Fresh aromas of lemon, lemon custard, basil and anise are complemented by a vanillin thread, from the element of subtle new French oak. Lemon and lime citrus flavors follow with the essence of pear. The toasted oak qualities from the barrel maturation have encouraged a full rich mouth feel, along with the subtle creaminess of the sur-lie maturation. This sauvignon blanc is crisp with rich flavor.

2018 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

This cabernet sauvignon’s dark fruit aromas of black plum and cassis are tight yet bright with hints of vanillin and toasted barrel, with a note of licorice and ground pepper. Big juicy blackberry flavors are evenly textured, structured and carry with length. The wine is ripe and opulent with an appealing note of dark chocolate and dusty cocoa feel. A serious cabernet sauvignon that has integrity; built to reward with time in the cellar.

 

Winemaking

2021 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

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 both stainless steel tanks and new French oak barrels at cool temperatures to maintain and enhance the natural flavors. The final blend was completed after 5 months of sur-lie maturation to capture the lovely fresh qualities and intensity of flavor of the Sauvignon Blanc.

2018 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

The fruit was hand-harvested in the cool morning hours and brought to the winery. At the winery, the clusters were sorted using a double sorting system. First, the clusters were sorted by hand. The fruit then ran through a small de-stemmer before the individual berries being sorted to ensure the ideal grapes were selected. These berries were delivered to a fermenter where they rested on their skins. Warm fermentation temperatures along with gentle cap maceration to achieve the desired color and structure, before an extended maceration time on skins prior to final pressing.

The wine was transferred directly to barrel for 19 months of maturation. Twelve percent of the sorted berries used in this blend was fermented in small French oak tanks, ten percent of the sorted berries were fermented in new French oak barrels and nine percent of the blend was fermented in small concrete tanks, all to add layers of complexity to the wine.

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Accolades

2021 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc

92 Points, Wine Spectator

2018 Dollarhide Estate Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

94 Points, James Suckling

92 Points, Jeb Dunnuck

 

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