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Vintages:
2011

2011 Monterey County Sauvignon Blanc

2011 was an excellent growing year on the Central Coast. Moderate summer temperatures, beautifully warm weather in the fall, along with low yields brought our grapes to perfect ripeness while protecting their bright fruit flavors and natural acidities.

For our Monterey Sauvignon Blanc the grapes are sourced principally from the celebrated Griva vineyard, along with grapes from its neighboring Ventana vineyard. They are both in the Arroyo Seco appellation with its perfect combination of sandy, well-drained soils and warm, breezy climate. Both vineyards are planted with the famous Musqué clone which provides the purest expression of Sauvignon Blanc aromas and flavors.

All our grapes are hand-picked during many successive pickings at various ripeness levels in order to have a broad palette of flavors and acidity levels from which to select our final blend. As usual, the vast majority of the juice is cold fermented in stainless steel then aged for several months in large, neutral French oak tanks to encourage integration of flavors.

Tasting notes:
The vibrant aromas exhibit notes of peach, melon and grapefruit along with hints of fresh grass and flint. On the palate, the flavors are rich, crisp and intense, showing complex essences of lime, grapefruit and gooseberry, accented by mineral notes and a refreshing acidity.

Fermentation:
70% stainless steel; 30% neutral oak barrels. We use 3 specially selected yeasts, each one adding its particular nuance and style to the overall blend.

Composition:
62% Griva Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
34% Ventana Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc
4% Griva Vineyard Semillon

Production:
6,442 12 pack cases

Retail Price :
$18.00

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