2012 Sauvignon Blanc

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2012 Sauvignon Blanc

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2012 Sauvignon Blanc, Grown & Bottled, Santa Ynez Valley

The Vineyard - Adobe Canyon 

Our vineyard soils are Chamise Loam which are well-drained soils that developed over gravelly beds of silt and clay, and sandy water-deposited materials.  These soils are on dissected high terraces (or mesas) with elevations of 1500 feet above sea level. This high elevation provides cooler nights, which translates into wines retaining their natural acidity. Since 1997, the winery has replanted more than half of its original vines with a high-density planting of new rootstock and clone combinations.

Growing Season and Harvest

2010 was an exceptionally cool and long growing season for the Santa Ynez Valley. Summer did not give us the usual heat we expect, leading to fruit that developed at a very slow and steady pace. Picking began in late-September, about a month behind normal, while finishing in mid-November. The mild year provided flavor development without excess sugar for wines of great quality and beautiful balance.

Winemaking

After hand harvesting, this Chardonnay was gently whole cluster pressed.  Forty percent of the juice was barrel fermented and aged for 10 months in French oak barrels, for complexity and richness.  The remaining 60% percent remained in stainless steel tanks to retain its fresh fruit characters.  Both portions were not allowed to go through malolactic fermentation to preserve their lively flavors. 

The Wine

This handcrafted wine provides the essence of Sauvignon Blanc from the first aroma to the enhanced taste of citrus and passion fruits. This fruit flavor is nicely offset by well balanced acidity. There is a smooth finish that engages the senses. Let this wine stir conversation in your next gathering with friends!

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