2016 Sauvignon Blanc, Skin Ferment
Made from mountain fruit at 2450' & the newest edition to our (skin ferment) family.
Making Sauvingnon Blanc has long been on the bucket list for Tracey & Jared. Influences include Sancerre in general and the wines of Domaine Lucci and Stanko Radikon, in particular. The vineyard sits at 2450 feet and a mere 6 miles from the Pacific Ocean and this block is dry farmed. For the inaugural vintage there were two versions to start. Half was direct pressed and barrel fermented while the other was destemmed to puncheon where it started fermentation on the skins. The final blend bottled was a combination of the two.
Vibrant aromas of lemon rind, tangerine, stone fruits, and hay entice the olfactory. This lively wine brings tangy flavors of citrus balanced with dried apricots a hint of salinity and sweeter baking spaces. The skin contact gives an otherwise crisp wine, a beautiful richness and depth of character.
- Appellation: Mendocino Ridge
- Vineyard: Mariah
- Varietal: Sauvignon Blanc
- Age: Planted 2010
- Elevation: 2450 ft.
- Soil: Clay loam over sandstone bedrock
- Harvested: Sep 12, 2016
- Pressed: Sep 12 and Sep 20, 2016
- Fermentations: Wild yeast & bacteria in neutral French oak barrels
- Maceration: 50% skin ferment for 8 days
- Barrel aging: 7 months in neutral French oak
- Bottled: May 2, 2017
- Production: 96 cases
- Release date: Summer 2017
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