2017Sauvignon BlancMerino Vineyard
Limit 3 bottles per person.
Gardenia, honeysuckle, grass, fresh straw and ginger
Floral, honeycomb, clean mineral density, grainy, slate and limestone
A brush of minerality from wet pavement or dusty slate, bright citrus acidity and a lingering presence on the palate
This wine was made to age and can be enjoyed through 2022 with proper cellaring
Pan roasted whole chicken with butter and rosemary glaze, crispy root vegetables and saffron rice
The 2017 vintage was a return to the wet and wintery conditions we expect from our Mediterranean climate. It was a much-needed reprieve from the drought we have been experiencing in California for the past four years. This allowed the vines to go fully dormant for an extended period of time, like a good long sleep after years of running a marathon. The warm spring was followed by a steady growing season, and then a harvest season with significant heat spells featuring high temperatures staying above 100°F for days on end. These events pushed the speed of maturation and ripening, which led us to pick our Merino Vineyard over just two days. It is always the last of the Sauvignon Blanc to come into the winery, both because the site is cooler and the soils are clay-based; therefore later to dry out. These environmental controls of the Merino Vineyard set this fruit apart from the gravelly, alluvial soils in our other estate Sauvignon Blanc vineyards.
September 6-8, 2017
AVERAGE BRIX 24°
600L French Oak Demi-muid: 29%
Concrete Barrel: 27%
WHOLE CLUSTER 34%