6 months in stainless steel
Food Pairing Notes
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is eminently food friendly with its balance of lush fruit and snappy texture. Recommended pairings include pan-seared lemon sole, Caesar salad with grilled shrimp, citrus fish tacos, spaghetti with prawns, and fresh oysters.
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc is bright and beguiling on the nose, offering aromas of jasmine, guava and grapefruit. A clean, quenching texture unfurls with flavors of tropical fruit, honeydew melon, peach and lime peel. A smooth, round finish is enlivened by crisp acidity and lingering mineral notes.
The 2017 vintage comes entirely from Block 41 at Margarita Vineyard, where the vines occupy rocky alluvial soils that vary in density, elevation and exposure. As the block slopes downward from its crown, the soils become thicker, and the temperatures more brisk. These variances shape the fruit and contribute dimension to the final blend. Margarita Vineyard stands alone as the southernmost vineyard in the Paso Robles region, nestled into the rugged Santa Lucia Mountain range just 14 miles from the Pacific Ocean in the new Santa Margarita Ranch AVA. The mountain peaks act as a gateway for cool marine air, resulting in an extended growing season that yields fruit with uncommon depth and structure. The peaks are also testaments to the tectonic forces that created Margarita Vineyard’s rare diversity of soils, ultimately fostering natural complexity in our wines.
Our aim is to produce an authentic Sauvignon Blanc that reflects the cooler growing conditions at Margarita Vineyard. After ample winter rains, the 2017 growing season was smooth and steady, resulting in excellent hang time for our Sauvignon Blanc. We performed five separate picks spanning nearly 30 days, with early picks establishing varietal character and brisk acidity, and later picks layering in riper fruit flavors. All of the lots were cold fermented at 55 degrees over an extended period to retain delicate aromatics and pure fruit flavors. The wine was then aged for six months in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures to further preserve textural crispness.