2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Dry Creek Valley
2013 was another big crop year in Sonoma County. Unlike most grapes, Sauvignon Blanc excels in years like this. As an early ripening grape, more crop means longer hang-time and flavor development. The canopy was less leafy and the increased sun exposure drove off grassy and vegetal flavors and encouraged more tropical fruit flavors in the grapes. We fermented this wine using techniques that my brother and I gathered in New Zealand, including stainless steel fermentation. The fermentation develops intense fruit aromas and keeps the wine crisp and clean. This vintage expresses aromas of melon, lychee, orange blossom and hints of mineral. In the mouth it is tropical passion fruit, green apple and kumquat. Drink now, preferably on a warm spring evening.