The wine is youthful in both the nose and mouth, and a few months in
bottle have served it well, allowing its character to evolve. Intriguing and complex aromas offer ginger, lime peel,
lemongrass, and passion fruit.
Minerality reigns in the fruit character further adding structure to the wine. Bone
dry and with appropriate acidity, it offers great balance of all its components. We are confident the wine will
evoke our favorite wine description, “delicious.”
2009 will be discussed and evaluated in two ways—before the rains and after the rains. It was a beautiful,
mild, growing season with slow, great flavor development in the grapes. Everything before the rains arguably is
equal to anything of this decade. That’s saying a lot! Our Sauvignon Blanc arrived in impeccable condition and
were the first grapes for us to begin the harvest.
Bottling Date: February 10, 2010.
We have continued to follow the winemaking strategy that began in 2003. Grapes proceed to the press
without any crushing, and the resulting juice ferments in stainless steel for roughly a month. We select a yeast
strain known to enhance the aromatics of the wine.
Fermentation: 23 days at 49º.
Aging takes place for three months in completely neutral
puncheons—500 liter or 132 gallon barrels. The sur-lie aging adds a surprising textural component that elevates
the pleasure component of the wine. The raciness is balanced by the creaminess of the barrel aging. A reminder,
however, there is no new oak. The goal is to preserve the wonderful fresh fruit quality of the wine.
Our 2009 is pale straw in color.