2017 Cuvée Acero Sauvignon Blanc
The 2017 Sauvignon Blanc harvest in Alexander Valley finished quickly at the end of August just prior to a heat wave. Whew! Generous rains early in the year, a warm spring and summer produced an average-size crop offering with great complexity and more citrus notes than usual.
Our Sauvignon Blanc grapes are grown on richer, loamier soils for better canopy protection and distinct varietal aromas and flavors. We use a full range of clones and blocks to create a wine of greater complexity. These include our old vine block which is planted with an heirloom clone considered one of the best choices for Alexander Valley, blocks planted with Entav 378 Sauvignon Blanc clone and two blocks featuring the Musqué clone which is prized for its distinctive aromatic herbal and tropical fruit notes. To round out the blend we use a touch of Sauvignon Gris for added richness.
To preserve its vibrant fruit flavors 2017 Cuveé Acero Sauvignon Blanc was stainless-steel fermented at cool temperatures with a select yeast strain to enhance sauvignon blanc aromatics. Post fermentation, the wine spent four months in neutral oak barrels for gentle aging to improve mouth feel.
In the glass the wine has pale colors of light greenish-gold. The nose is extremely aromatic with a mélange of citrus fruit and herbal notes – lime zest, white peach and lemon grass. On the palate, abundant fruit flavors of green apple and tart pineapple balanced by a long and pleasingly dry, flinty finish.
This 2017 Sauvignon Blanc can be enjoyed as an aperitif and pairs beautifully with goat cheese, salads, chicken, fish and vegetarian dishes.
AVA: Alexander Valley, Sonoma County
Harvest date: August 30, 2017
Blend: 25% Heritage Old Vine SB, 36% Entav 378 Clone SB, 35% Sauvignon Musqué SB, 4% Sauvignon Gris.
Alcohol by Volume: 14.6%
TA: .672 g/100mL
Aging: Fermented in stainless-steel, aged four months in neutral French oak barrels.
Bottling Date: March 17, 2018
Cases Produced: 1106 (22/750 mL) + 44 Free Flow Kegs
Certification: Made with Demeter Biodynamic Grapes