Our Sauvignon Blanc is a proprietary blend of classic Sauvignon Blanc, Sauvignon Musqué
and Semillon. The classic Sauvignon Blanc clone offers typical sweet grass flavors while
Sauvignon Musqué is a cultivar that we prize for its aromatic intensity and citrus, tropical
fruit flavors. Semillon, another noble grape originally from Bordeaux, adds richness and
depth. The use of grapes from two different growing areas – the cooler Arroyo Seco AVA
and the warmer San Lucas AVA – result in balanced flavor and intensity.
The 2011 growing season was even longer than most in Monterey County. Harvest was a
bit behind schedule due to the cool spring and summer weather that the Central Coast
experienced. Those same conditions, though, allowed for slow, gentle ripening, resulting in
fully developed varietal character in every grape. The grapes for this bottling were
harvested on September 21st and October 10th.
The must was tank fermented to preserve bright fruit flavors. Following fermentation, the
wine was transferred to Taransaud Bordeaux barrels, of which 7% were new, for six months
of aging. The final blend was composed over several tastings of the individual lots; bottling
was in April 2012.
The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc features aromas of orange blossom, apricot and mint. Flavors
of plum, lime and pear are lively and refreshing. Oak aging lightly accents the bright acidity
and adds an elegant texture.