The 2019 vintage was in many ways reminiscent of 2018 in that it started late and stayed on track for a late harvest. The extremely wet winter of 2019 helped the health of the canopies in the vineyard while ﬁlling our reservoirs with water for the season before, we enjoyed a remarkably long summer all during harvest. Identical in degree growing days, a measure of how warm the season has been, we enjoyed a very pleasant harvest with gorgeous, dark fruit for the reds and forward, pleasing whites.
We’re quite taken with the wines from this vintage. Pinot Noir yields were short and concentrated from our vineyard, while the Chardonnay bounty was more typical in yields. They shall be a bit more generous and earlier drinking than the previous, cooler vintage.
Our 2019 Sauvignon Blanc, En Cigare is named after the cigar-shaped oak barrels in which it is fermented and aged. The larger size and cigar shape of these barrels enhance the contact with the lees, lending richness and concentration. Our En Cigare displays notes of grapefruit, lime, lemongrass, and lime zest, with a crisp green apple bite. This wine has a taut, tactile mouthfeel from the interplay of the barrels, and the natural tannin present in Sauvignon Blanc.