Our Estate Sauvignon Blanc is made from our Russian River Valley vineyards.
A dry winter and a very dry spring were followed by a moderate summer. Bud break was late-at the end of March and the dry spring lead to low disease pressure and early entry into the vineyards for spraying and shoot tucking. Bloom time weather was uneventful but several vineyards confoundingly had very poor fruit sets resulting in a small crop. Canopy growth was moderate-especially compared with the luxuriant growth in the 2006. The small crop required little to no crop thinning-again a dramatic distinction compared with ‘06. Our vineyards east of Highway 101 generally had a better set, nevertheless a hot spell in mid August pushed this warmer climate fruit into high gear and we began picking on the 21st. A county wide picking frenzy ensued, with predictions (not mine) of a very early conclusion to harvest. Temperatures then moderated and we picked at a brisk but sustainable pace and concluded our Sauv. Blanc harvest on September 18th. A comparison of degree –days at our Slusser weather monitor indicated that 2007 was a warmer vintage that 2006. Our Average sugar at harvest in 2007 was 23.1o Brix, exactly the same as 2006 and 2005.
Our Estate Sauvignon Blanc emphasizes fruit in the aromas and mid palate with a finish broadened by malolactic fermentation. The color is a vibrant straw with a tinge of green. The wine is fresh and quaffable with distinctive lime, grass and grapefruit.