2016 Sauvignon Blanc
The 2016 vintage was another challenging season in Paso Robles. We began our spring with marginal moisture, the product of meager winter rains. This dry start was followed by above average warm temperatures into April, at which point we experienced an unusual cool down. This cooling lasted through May which gave us a tough start to the growing season. The volatile temperatures along with untimely winds resulted in poor flowering and fruit set, equalling a less than average crop. Temperatures remained moderate until an extended heat spike in early September, moderating back to normal temperatures to finish the season. Overall we experienced a vigorous early harvest season with good conditions for ripening. This low-yield crop has good depth of color and wonderful flavor maturity.
Our Sauvignon Blanc is crafted with a goal of maximizing freshness and preserving varietal flavor. Pursuant to this goal we harvest into small bins in the cool of the morning and make the short trip to the winery. At the winery, we transfer the whole clusters into the CO2 blanketed waiting press, and press to tank where the juice is cold settled for 48 hours. At racking the juice goes to stainless steel where it is inoculated with cultured yeast known for maximizing mouth feel and fruit expression. After fermentation, all of the wine is homogenized in tank and settled for clarification. Prior to bottling, the wine receives a final racking, the blend is assembled and the wine prepared for bottling.