2012 Sauvignon Blanc

2012 Sauvignon Blanc

Russian River Valley

'Stickybeak' - Australian slang for a 'busybody' or 'nosey neighbor'. As a verb: to have a look, to investigate. We brought these traits with us from Australia 20 years ago and have been digging deep in the vineyards of Russian River ever since.

From the cooler Mirabelle site on Westside Road in the foggy Russian River AVA, we work with a famed, mature vineyard that provides Sauvignon Blanc fruit to other star producers.

The handpicked fruit is brought in at first light, naturally chilled by the cold valley air. In the winery we are pretty much hands off. The majority of the juice is fermented in stainless steel tanks with a neutral yeast to retain the fresh, lively characters of the grapes. A small portion was barrel fermented in second use French oak barriques to add a savory mid-palate texture.

Steely and insanely aromatic, this is a crisp and focused expression of Sauvignon Blanc. A small portion that underwent barrel fermentation adds a savory depth to the fresh notes of lime and delicate florals. Apparent tropical notes and vibrant acidity lead to a clean and smooth finish.

Vineyards: Russian River Varietals: Sauvignon Blanc Bottling Date: July 5, 2013 Alcohol by Volume: 13% Maturation: Stainless Steel Winemaker: Wayne Donaldson

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