"The grapes were sourced from multiple vineyards, the majority farmed organically. The dry-farmed Lolonis Vineyard, planted in 1942 and recognized as the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in California, provides minerality and austerity in this rendition of Sauvignon Blanc. Chevalier Home Ranch, also in Redwood Valley, is equally austere with a briny component that adds complexity and nuance, with a dollop of Sauvignon Musqué lending a lovely perfume note. McFadden Farms in Potter Valley provides more sauvage, old vine character and nuance.
The growing season was marked by very low precipitation, with the lowest yields and cluster weights ever recorded. The trade-off, concentration of fruit, was simply astounding. Harvest began at the old block at Feliz Creek on August 23, and wrapped up with Lolonis on September 27."
The grapes were hand-picked, whole cluster pressed, and barrel fermented with native yeast in neutral Burgundian barrels. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. Acid levels were brilliantly elevated, and the tiny berries produced excellent fruit intensity and above average weight. The wine remained on the lees for four months with two months bâtonnage.
The zippy, citrusy bite of this Sauvignon will be a fabulous foil to the creamy, starchy, cheesy goodness of your favorite risotto—top it with grilled asparagus or early peas to play up the wine's ultra-fresh notes. Basil pesto pasta will also be a winner.