2018 Cuveé Acero Sauvignon Blanc
With the 2018 harvest, things returned to a more normal schedule in Alexander Valley. A long, even growing season with heavy fruit set (extensive crop thinning in August!), good rainfall and higher yields gave us the opportunity to dial in the flavor profiles, acidity and ripeness of our individual blocks. Our inspiration was a racier, more "Sancerre-like" style to fully express our biodynamic farming and unique terroir.
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 to create a wine of greater complexity. These include our 40 year + old vine block which is planted with an heirloom clone, an Entav 378 Sauvignon Blanc clone (adds minerality & lemon zest) and two blocks Musqué clone which adds distinctive aromatic herbal and tropical fruit notes. To round out the blend we add a touch of Sauvignon Gris to enhance citrus aromatics. To preserve its vibrant fruit flavors 2018 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 with light lees contact to improve mouth feel.