2012 Andrews Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
Dry Creek Valley
Harvest Date: September 26th, 2011
Grape Source: Dry Creek Vineyard, Sonoma
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Aging: Stainless steel fermented and aged in old white oak barrels for a month, remainder in stainless steel.
Total Production: 350 cases
Release Date: March 2012
Vintage Notes: 2011 proved to be another challenging and cool year. The heat starved summer delayed growth and development of the vines as well as the delay of fruit maturity. The Sauvignon Blanc reached physiological ripeness on September 26th, the latest ever. Both blocks of the two blocks were picked at the same time, one with more fresh fruit, while the other had the fresh grass/citrus element.
Winemaking Notes: We whole cluster pressed, settled, racked and stainless steel fermented the juice. The acidity was quite high and the wine not as round on the mid palette at first, so we moved the wine into old used neutral white barrels. After only a month the wine had matured and rounded out nicely. From here the wine spent a couple more months in stainless steel retaining fruit and freshness.
Tasting Notes: Loads of honeysuckle and limeade dominate the nose of this pale straw shaded wine. Aromas of kiwi and gooseberry fruit complement the range of citrus elements. The wine is round and mouth filling, with fresh melon, green apple and grapefruit on the palette. The acidity is bright, but balanced, and a long finish of candied lime and melon linger on the finish. This is a wine meant to be chilled and enjoyed in its youth.