2018 Sansara 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, lower alcohol more "Sancerre-like" style to fully express our biodynamic farming and unique terroir. To preserve freshness, we purposely left more leaf canopy on our vines.
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 Entav 378 Sauvignon Blanc clone, which adds minerality & lemon zest, and two blocks Musqué clone which adds a distinctive aromatic herbal and tropical fruit notes. To preserve its vibrant fruit flavors 2018 Sansara 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.
In the glass the wine is brilliant light greenish-gold. The nose offers aromas of fresh cut hay, sweet pea blossoms, pink grapefruit and wet stone. Silky and surprisingly full bodied in structure, the wine has nuanced flavors of pear, melon, lime zest are balanced by a long and pleasingly dry, flinty finish. This 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: September 10 & 13, 2018
Blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc: 55% Entav 378 Clone, 45% Sauvignon Musqué Clone
Alcohol by Volume: 13.3%
TA: .64 g/100mL
Aging: Fermented in stainless-steel, aged four months in neutral French oak barrels with light lees time.
Bottling Date: February 9, 2019
Cases Produced: 150 12/750 mL
Certification: Made with Demeter Certified Biodynamic Grapes