The 2013 Sauvignon Blanc is crisp and complex with enticing aromas of white flowers, kaffir limes, and a touch of clover honey. The palate displays flavors of gooseberry, lemon-lime with hints of white pepper. Beautiful in texture and balance, it has a lingering finish of fresh green apple.
Production Notes: 2013 was another prime growing season in the Santa Ynez Valley. With little rainfall, it was a rather dry season with an early bud break and fruit set. The weather was consistently warm, with no major heat spikes, which helped prevent disease pressure. Overall, the fruit was high in both quality and quantity. For Sauvignon Blanc we are seeing beautiful full, bright fruit expressions. Located a few miles northwest of the town of Santa Ynez, the 12-acre La Cuesta Vineyard is one of the Santa Ynez Valley’s most historic sites. Planted in 1973, this elevated southeast-facing property sits upon a bed of gravel and chemise shale. The combination of full sun exposure, low rainfall, long growing season, and porous soils makes this a great site for all of the Bordeaux varieties. The fruit was hand harvested in the early morning hours. After whole cluster pressing, the grapes were fermented at low temperatures to retain aromatics. The wine was aged sur lie in stainless steel for four months with no ML to ensure pure aromatics and a crisp texture.