2019 Sauvignon Blanc, Happy Canyon
Happy Canyon’s unique soils (marine, sand and serpentinite) and climate (warm to hot summer days and cool to cold evenings) are ideally suited for producing exquisite Sauvignon Blanc. We have been sourcing fruit here for over a decade now (and prior to the establishment of the AVA) and have gained a solid reputation for crafting wines of distinction from these grapes. We utilize acreage contracts at several exceptional sites here and work continuously with the vineyard teams throughout the season to achieve plant balance at lower yield in order to maximize fruit quality.
2019 provided classic cool-climate conditions in the Valley beginning with a wet and cold winter which cleansed vineyard soils. A cool Spring helped delay budbreak and then control the vigor of canopy growth. Cool weather and windy conditions around bloom resulted in an extended flowering. Mid-summer brought much needed warmth in Happy Canyon which promoted ripeness. Late Summer saw mainly moderate to warm daytime highs, trending warmer in late September. The consistent heat allowed the vines to catch up from their slow ripening, though we were required to drop a significant portion of green clusters a month before harvest
The wine is a blend of grapes from three top vineyard sources: Grassini (60%), Vogelzang (34%) and Grimm’s Bluff (6%), with a total of 9 separate and distinct blocks represented in the final blend. The site diversity provides complexity to the wine which was fermented and aged for 7 months in oak barrels (73%) and stainless steel (27%). Bright, floral and energetic with striking aromatic intensity and depth, making it immediately appealing, but with the ability to age on its impeccable balance.
Jeb Dunnuck rated this wine 91 points.