2019 Lolonis Sauvignon Blanc

2019 Lolonis Sauvignon Blanc


Our inaugural single vineyard Lolonis Sauvignon Blanc is an expression of superb old vines farmed with love and attention. The nose shows austere white peach, hay and subtle oak notes. The palate, though not weighty, is uncommonly well structured, with snappy acid and great length. It drinks well now, but we recommend stashing a couple bottles to drink over the next 10 years..

750ml / 2019
  • 90 Points
    Wine Enthusiast (8/19)
  • AVA
    Mendocino County
  • Grape Variety
    Sauvignon Blanc
  • ABV

The grapes were sourced from two vineyards, both organically farmed. The dry-farmed Lolonis Vineyard, planted in 1943 and recognized as the oldest Sauvignon Blanc vineyard in California, provides minerality and the austerity we strive for in our rendition of Sauvignon Blanc. McFadden Farms Willow Block, at the northern-most reaches of Potter Valley, also old vine material, is equally austere with a briny component that adds complexity and nuance.

The growing season of 2019 began evenly, with no major hiccups until a minor rain event on October 1. Rather than a hindrance, this slowed ripening at Lolonis and help bring the acidity perfectly in line with flavors. We harvested on October 6, 2019. We brought in the more moderate McFadden on September 28.neutral Burgundian barrels. The wine did not undergo malolactic fermentation. Acid levels were brilliantly elevated, and the concentrated berries produced excellent fruit intensity and weight. The juice remained on the lees, with bi-weekly batonnage, for 2 months.

A risotto with early peas and smoked salmon would be a lovely spring pairing, and when fresh basil is available, virtually any dish with a vibrant pesto would be a winner alongside this Sauvignon Blanc.

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